Reported by MacKenzie Elmer and Vicente Calderón

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The Tijuana River sewage crisis has been raging for decades. It’s one of the most pressing environmental emergencies in the region. Southern California beaches are forced to close regularly due to pollution from the river, and Tijuana residents suffer the consequences of poor sewage and water infrastructure that puts their health at risk.

The U.S. and Mexico have a long history with this crisis that ultimately belongs to both countries. Our reporting series aims to reveal the root problems, possible solutions and the impact on the region’s land and people.

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Pipe Blows Again in Tijuana, Sewage Spills into San Diego 

Construction workers in Tijuana accidentally blew a hole in a major pipe transporting the city’s sewage to a wastewater plant along the coast last Friday.  That means, once again, untreated sewage has been flowing into San Diego. While that wastewater plant, called San Antonio de los Buenos, is actually broken anyway, the rupture forced Tijuana…

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The Science Behind San Diego’s New Beach Water Quality Test

Today we’ll unpack the science behind a brand-new technology to measure water quality. San Diego is first in the world to use it, and it’s already sparked controversy. The more sensitive test shows there’s more poo plaguing San Diego’s southernmost beaches than we could ever tell before — especially in summer when coastal cities like…

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San Diego 101: Know the Basics

San Diego 101 is a multimedia series from VOSD made to educate San Diegans about some of the most important issues that shape our region. These videos explain the basics of U.S.-Mexico border relations.

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This series is produced by Voice of San Diego in partnership with the and with support from The Water Desk at the University of Colorado Boulder and The Pulitzer Center. Our binational, bilingual reporting and photojournalism series illuminates longstanding environmental issues that severely impact quality of life along the border.

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