The Navy plans to pay Imperial Beach to carry away sewage from its new multimillion-dollar campus. The problem: The new campus is not in Imperial Beach. It’s in Coronado. Now Coronado is suing to stop the deal, claiming it should get first rights to the sewage.
By Ry Rivard.For much of human history, we’ve tried to move sewage – worthless, dangerous and disgusting – as far away from us as possible.
Now, sewage has become a valuable commodity. Water agencies across San Diego County are working on projects to turn sewer water into water that’s clean enough to spread on lawns or even drink.
In Coronado, a dispute has erupted over who controls sewage from the island and who can profit from it.
At the heart of the tension is the Navy’s new campus on the southern end of Coronado. The 170-acre coastal facility will eventually house several thousand people from the Naval Special Warfare Command, including four teams of Navy SEALs. They will generate about 200,000 gallons per day of sewage.
The Navy plans to pay Imperial Beach to carry that sewage away from the new campus. But that’s where the trouble begins: The new campus is not in Imperial Beach. It’s in Coronado.