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A small rainfall on Sunday brought a closure to Imperial Beach today.

The county’s Department of Environmental Health announced the closure of the beach today in southern San Diego after rain fell in the eastern Tijuana River watershed Sunday morning.

The sewage-tainted runoff is pushing north. Check out this plume tracker kept by the folks at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Looks like the plume may hit Coronado.

Serge Dedina, executive director of the IB-based environmental group Wildcoast, confirmed the closure and said “the smell is absolutely foul here.”

It’s been a tough year for would-be swimmers in Imperial Beach. The rain runoff from Mexico courses through Tijuana’s streets, collecting detergents, metals, garbage and human feces along the way. That stuff has kept IB closed more than 60 days this year.


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