Defending the Tijuana Estuary

“Decades ago, realizing that the Tijuana Estuary was at risk of destruction, the McCoys mobilized friends and neighbors across Imperial Beach, riding the wave of the 1960s and ’70s U.S. environmental movement. Then they passed the torch to the following generations even as the struggle — for open space, for conservation and against climate change — grew more layered and complex.

“I guess we went on (defending the estuary) because it’s emotional,” Mike McCoy told me, struggling to find the words to explain why he and Patricia stuck to this place. “That fight continued for 10 damn years.”

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