The Festering Sanitation Crisis at Our Border

As the Trump administration ratchets up its rhetoric demanding billions for a wall, American communities along the Mexico border are in need of basic services, like reliable sewage treatment.

December 03, 2018

A sign warns of sewage-contaminated ocean waters on a beach in front of the iconic Hotel del Coronado in 2017.

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A sewage-soaked road in Naco, Sonora, Mexico, along the border with the United States

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Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina points toward a beach that was closed due to sewage contamination.

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onEarth Story

Trump’s already offensive wall will also endanger an already endangered species.

Northeast Dispatch

The Big Apple’s combined sewer system is 150 years old—and in desperate need of improvement.

Guide

Our rivers, reservoirs, lakes, and seas are drowning in chemicals, waste, plastic, and other pollutants. Here’s why―and what you can do to help.

Latest News

Here’s why this environmental and public health win is so important.

Southeast Dispatch

For drinking water, flood control, climate defense, habitat protection, fishing, swimming, and, of course, craft beer.

onEarth Story

For starters: It would endanger the environment, imperil water systems and other public assets . . . and then make states pay extra for it all.

Action Figure

Half a century later, a parent of the environmental justice movement is still standing up for low-income communities in the Southwest.

Southeast Dispatch

Add antibiotic-resistant bacteria from pig waste to the long list of post-Florence worries.

Policy Primer

The Trump administration wants to open our waterways back up to pollution.