Water contact closures issued at the Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge have been extended to include the Imperial Beach and Silver Strand shorelines, the Department of Environmental Health (DEH) announced Saturday.
A water contact closure was first issued for the Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge Thursday, January 26 after the DEH detected sewage-contaminated runoff entering the Tijuana Estuary.
The closures have been extended and retracted from the Imperial Beach and Silver Strand shorelines several times due to seperate spouts of rain over the last three weeks
The closure was extended to include the IB and Silver Strand shorelines after the DEH observed northward ocean currents carrying the contaminated water up the coast.
Posted signs warning of sewage contamination will remain until water is tested and deemed safe for recreational use.
For more information, call the U.S. international Boundary & Water Commission at (619) 662-7600.