Thursday, September 28, 2023

Coronado Beach Reopens; Silver Strand and IB Remain Closed

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Coronado Beach on Memorial Day Weekend 2023. Megan Kitt / The Coronado Times

After a nearly monthlong closure, most of Coronado Beach is reopened, the San Diego County Department of Environmental Health and Quality announced late Monday evening.

Water quality for the Coronado lifeguard tower and north beach shorelines were safe for public use, testing confirmed.

Silver Strand and the Coronado Beach coastline from Avenida Lunar Avenue and farther south remain closed. Imperial Beach and the Tijuana River Slough shoreline remain closed. Updated conditions can be found on San Diego County’s Beach and Bay website.

County of San Diego Water Quality testing results, May 30, 2023.

The closures result from sewage leaking from Tijuana into neighboring coastal waters, a decades-long problem that the United States and Mexico are currently working to remediate. Funding for about half of the projects to curb the issue has been secured, and officials say they are working to secure the rest of it.

Days before Coronado Beach reopened, Coronado residents hosted a protest demanding local, state, and federal official declare the Tijuana sewage crisis a public health emergency.

Rainfall pushes more sewage across the border and into south county shorelines, and after an excessively wet winter, closures have impacted southern San Diego shorelines every day this year — particularly in Imperial Beach, which has been closed since December.


Megan Kitt
Megan Kitt
Megan's work as a journalist has taken her around the world, from across the United States to Tokyo and Kampala, but her passion lies in community reporting. She believes a quality news publication strengthens a community by informing and connecting its members. She holds BA degrees in journalism, English literature and creative writing; an MA degree in creative writing; and her photography has been published internationally. While on a reporting assignment in Uganda, she founded Tuli, a fair trade fashion brand that earned her industry acclaim, most notably by earning her the title Designer to Watch at New York Fashion Week in 2022. Megan's diverse experience in travel and career taught her to approach reporting eager to understand the many experiences and perspectives that make life so interesting. When she's not working, you can find Megan wrangling her two toddlers, hiking with her husband, and binging podcasts.Have a story for The Coronado Times to cover? Send news tips or story ideas to: [email protected]