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Stricter Standards

Despite dispute by the San Diego Building Industry Association and large oil corporations, San Diego is working forward to enact ordinances requiring new developments and major redevelopments to reduce runoff pollution from individual properties.

A total of 49 storm drains have been installed within the City of San Diego, namely Pacific Beach, Mission Bay, and La Jolla. These drains siphon off contaminated urban runoff, our pollution’s biggest problem, that is formed from excess irrigation, toxic contaminants and even leaky water pipes.

The U.S. and Mexico have constructed the South Bay International Wastewater Treatment Plant in San Diego to help control untreated wastewater coming from Tijuana into the U.S. This Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) re-evaluates long term treatment options for the international plant by assessing potential environmental consequences associated with the construction and implementation of these various options, establishing a deadline for the International Boundary and Water Commission, United States Section to select, and initiate implementation of, a strategy to provide secondary treatment for wastewater from the International Wastewater Treatment Plant (IWTP), San Diego County." the IBWC to complete secondary level sewage treatment facilities for the IWTP by 2007

Actions are in the works to re-route Tijuana water to the South Bay International Wastewater Treatment Plant to prevent vast over-pollution of the bay through un-treated water coming from south of the border.

A larger issue that gets much dispute is the Clean Water Enforcement and Pollution Prevention Act. These terms would enforce much higher standards in waste disposal, contributing more time and money on the part of big businesses who spend time and money lobbying against such bills.

Other Actions Include;

The Think Blue Campaign – Allotting  $500,000 a year for public education programs to curb storm drain pollution. Enforced by the state, this program aims to decrease runoff pollutants dramatically over the next five years.

The San Diego Municipal Code enacted Division 3 in September of 1993 to respond to rising concern of the health and safety of the residents of the City of San Diego. This division enforces storm water management and discharge control to reduce pollutants in urban storm water. (Water Quality Controls)

The California Ocean Plan – Quality control plan for ocean waters of California, adopted by the State Water Resources Control Board in 1991.

California Enclosed Bays and Estuaries Plan: Water quality control plan for the bays and estuaries of California. Adopted by the Sate Water Resources Control Board in 1991

Storm Water Pollution Prevention plan; educating employees on methods of reducing discharge of pollutants to the storm water Conveyance System



Runoff is Ugly

- it’s the excess water  that carries pollutants directly into storm drains which carry water out to sea. Runoff can contain such pollutants as motor oil, gasoline, soap from car washes, trash, cigarette butts, leaves and plants. Runoff also contains copper & zinc from car brake linings, pesticides, & fertilizers.

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