April 24 2009

Pollution Problems of the Tijuana Sloughs

by Chad Nelsen

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.