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Friday, April 24, 2009

Pollution Problems of the Tijuana Sloughs

Tijuana Sloughs in Imperial Beach, San Diego is the stuff of legend - a big wave surf spot surfed since the early 1930's, the milieu of David Milch's offbeat HBO series, "John from Cincinnati" and Kem Nunn's "surf-noir" novel. Sadly, it is also extremely polluted. The new Shifting Baselines slide show below describes the challenges of this unique place.

“Shifting Baselines in the Tijuana Tide” is a new 5-minute video released on Earth Day, April 22, 2009, from the Shifting Baselines Ocean Media Project.

It addresses the ocean conservation problems from the highly polluted Tijuana River. The video (available in English and Spanish) is a co-production with California Sea Grant and University of Southern California Sea Grant, and Wildcoast. In addition, The Annenberg Foundation and The Keith Campbell Foundation for the Environment and USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies provided partial funding and Surfrider Foundation is assisting with outreach and distribution.

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Blogger Henri Duong said...

Great slide show regarding the degrade of California wetlands and the meaning of "TiWan" -

I think we should build a dam while we're waiting for TJ to get their sewage system together.

Allow people to work from home- build less housing and more wetlands in California...

3:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd always heard comments about Imperial Beach but I had no idea of the severity of the situation. And as bad as the problem is for the beaches and the wetlands you have to feel the anguish for those living in Tijuanna who have to live in that mess and look across the border at the richest nation in the world. I will be looking out for more info through Surfrider on volunteer opportunities in this region.

8:00 PM  

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