San Diego Community News Group
Martin Jones Westlin
Dog Beach, then, isn’t without its hazards. And, according to the city’s Storm Water Division (the agency charged with monitoring dog waste pollutants), one of those drawbacks originates from the enemy within as fecal traces threaten to enter the city’s storm-drain system untreated and travel into the beaches, bays and lagoons.
“The big issue at Dog Beach is dog excrement,” said Storm Water Division spokesman Bill Harris. “The beach is at the mouth of the San Diego River, and so it does catch some of the pollutants that wash down as runoff on the first flush after a rain. But that’s not what’s troubling us. Dog Beach is highly contaminated due to bacteria in dog excrement, way more polluted [than most San Diego beaches.]”