La Mesa Faces $800,000 Fine For 2010 Sewage Spill

La Mesa has agreed to a $801,000 fine because of a storm three years ago that resulted in a massive sewage spill, according to U-T San Diego.

The spill caused more than a million gallons of untreated waste to spill into waterways that lead to San Diego Bay and the San Diego River, according to findings by the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board.

Almost $400,000 of the fine will be set aside, according to the report, if the city completes an environmental restoration project.

The board found that La Mesa had not adequately prepared for dealing with runoff from major storms.
Things I Learned December 13, 2013 at 11:49 PM
LMCOG -La Mesa Citizen Oversight Group December 14, 2013 at 12:04 AM
This is a big hit on the city budget and the taxpayers deserve transparency and accountability from the elected and hired decision makers. This story from January 23rd 2013 begs many questions. http://lamesa.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/la-mesa-facing-1-million-fine-for-sewage-overflows-in4860981136 We call on our current officials to make full disclosure. The taxpayers deserve an answer from those who participated in the decisions leading up to this. Decision makers cannot forget and should never forget that they need to make decisions as if they were running a business and answering to shareholders. It's the public's money! If the priority, spending, and risk choices made between 1998 and 2010 were reasonable, there should be no fear in full transparency.
yessir December 14, 2013 at 02:29 AM
Yarn bombs ......duh.
Jimmy Sanders December 15, 2013 at 12:03 AM
You must believe in Santa Clause too? By the time the spin is finished this will be the fault you people asking the questions!
LMCOG -La Mesa Citizen Oversight Group December 15, 2013 at 12:13 AM
According to the San Diego Reader, the problem has be known for years: "The City's antiquated sewage system is not a new discovery. And, this wasn't the first time that the City's pipes caused sewage to seep into the Bay and Ocean. In 1998 the San Diego Water Board discovered four overflows during heavy rains. In response, the water control board ordered the City of La Mesa "to initiate the necessary remedial and preventative actions to cease the threat of rain­related [overflows]. According to a technical analysis, the City of La Mesa failed to upgrade the sewage system after the 1998 floods. Then came the rains on December 21 and 22, 2010." http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/news-ticker/2013/jan/22/city-of-la-mesa-admits-to-dumping-over-a-million-g/
Komfort December 15, 2013 at 12:47 AM
Storms?? I thought Helix was screwing us because there haven't been any storms. Global warming!!!
LMCOG -La Mesa Citizen Oversight Group December 15, 2013 at 11:03 AM
The December 2012 administrative complaint by the Water Board provided for a proposed fine of $948,816.00 and is based upon several factors including the severity of the sewage spill, city history of similar spills, city ability to pay and continue to operate, actual culpability, and current remedial efforts on the spill itself and the repair of the substandard system(s). The final negotiated fine is just over $800,000.00 with a deduct of around 50% if the city does certain things. It can very very expensive to make sewer system upgrades. One question might be, "Were repairs needed from knowledge of the problems from the 1998 incident so expensive it was deemed worth the risk of a fine up to $13 million in the future? A sewage and rainfall roulette so to speak?


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