The Imperial Beach and Coronado areas of California have been deeply impacted by the Tijuana sewage crisis, leading to hundreds of days of beach closures and thousands of people sickened by sewage and toxic waste that has poured from the Tijuana River into the Pacific Ocean.
The region has been dealing with this crisis for decades, and hundreds of millions of federal dollars are being spent to fix the sewage problem.
According to a 2021 study by academic researchers and the EPA, more than 34,000 people have become ill due to sewage at Imperial Beach in 2017, according to the most recent data available.
The Coronado News has been reporting on sewage flowing into the Pacific Ocean for a year, compiling first-hand accounts from people who have been sickened and reporting across the border on how U.S. and Mexican officials are attempting to work together on new public works projects to fix the problem.
Now, The Coronado News, with help from MuckRock, want to continue their reporting on the Tijuana sewage crisis with your help.
We want to hear from people who have been affected by the sewage in the Imperial Beach and Coronado areas and have created a form so you can tell us about your experiences.