Rep. Scott Peters Secures $156M for San Diego Border Sewage Plant Fix, Pushing for Clean Beaches and Air

March 14, 2024

At Congressman Peters’ request and thanks to the advocacy of so many San Diegans, the IBWC will receive $156 million to fix and expand the South Bay International Wastewater Treatment Plant. Thereā€™s more work to be done, but these funds move us closer to ending this environmental and public health injustice.

Read more about it in this March 21st piece from Hoodline,Ā posted below:

Rep. Scott Peters Secures $156M for San Diego Border Sewage Plant Fix, Pushing for Clean Beaches and Air

By Ben J. Costas

March 21, 2024

In a significant boost to the efforts to combat the pressing border sewage crisis, Representative Scott Peters announced that a whopping $156 million has been earmarked for the International Boundary and Water Commission’s (IBWC) construction budget. According to a statement released on Rep. Peters’ official website, this funding is part of the Fiscal Year 2024 Appropriations bill set for a vote tomorrow, marking a substantial $103 million increase from last year.

The significant funding is designed to address the disrepair of the South Bay International Wastewater Treatment Plant (SBIWTP), critical to managing the cross-border pollution challenges. Rep. Peters lauded the concerted effort, stating, “After years of steadfast advocacy from residents, servicemembers, and elected officials at every level, weā€™ve managed to get a real commitment from Washington to address this crisis.” However, he pointed out, “this is enough money to keep us on track to break ground this year and proceed toward doubling the plantā€™s capacity.” While Peters asserts that the battle is not yet won, the current financial win contributes to achieving cleaner beaches and air.

Representative Juan Vargas also voiced his commitment to the environmental cause. “For too long, our communities have been plagued by toxic pollution and, environmental injustice. This funding is a critical step towards combating harmful pollutants, balancing environmental equity, and ensuring the health and safety of families on both sides of the border,” Rep. Vargas stated. Like Peters, Vargas recognizes that the issue is far from resolved and emphasizes the need for continued effort.

The funding package further incorporates an amendment by Rep. Peters, which empowers federal agencies and non-federal entities such as local governments and non-profit organizations to funnel money to the IBWC. In ensuring that the sewage plant is properly fixed and expanded, Rep. Peters is set to continue his advocacy for securing the total $310 million needed. This year’s funding boost sets a precedent that may ease the pathway for similar or increased allocations in subsequent years.



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