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Mayor Calls For Regional Collaboration On Cross-border Sewage Issue

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Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2019 2:47 pm

Coronado Mayor Richard Bailey called on regional leaders to join him in identifying projects they can pursue to solve the cross-border sewage problem following a meeting Wednesday with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other federal agencies.

“The information provided today was actionable: real projects, real dollar figures, real benefits for our community,” Bailey said following the stakeholder summit held at the Community Center in Coronado. “We all have the same goals so let’s go ahead and get this done.”

In addition to the EPA, participants included the International Boundary and Water Commission, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the County of San Diego, the cities of Imperial Beach and San Diego, and the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board.

The meeting, a follow-up to last year’s session, included an evaluation of top-ranked projects on both sides of the border. Final recommendations are expected this fall.

“I extend an invitation to all leaders in the region to come together, take all the information we heard today, and develop a cross-border environmental plan that we can all get behind as a coalition and effectively lobby for funding and implementation to solve this problem,” Bailey said. “I’m encouraged. We are finally on the cusp of real progress here.”

Mayor Bailey was joined at a post-meeting news conference by San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina, San Diego Port Commissioner Dan Malcolm, Chula Vista Mayor Mary Salas, and Victor Avina, senior land use policy adviser to San Diego County Supervisor Greg Cox, who pledged support and partnership in resolving the issue.

Since 2018, the City of Coronado has lobbied federal lawmakers and agency leaders to fund sustainable solutions to the flow of sewage. The coalition-based approach has resulted in millions of dollars for treatment plant and collection system improvements in Mexico and the United States.

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