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Tijuana River Watershed

Border 2012 Water Task Force for the Tijuana River Watershed

Following the establishment of the Binational Watershed Advisory Council (BWAC) and assembly of other Tijuana River Watershed stakeholders, the EPA proposed that the Border 2012 Water Task Force for the Tijuana River Watershed be formed from the existing Advisory Council and interested stakeholders.

The Border 2012 Task Force participated in the development of a binational vision, or ideal state, for the Tijuana River Watershed and focused on devising strategies and options for implementing that vision on the ground in order to meet the goals and objectives of Border 2012.

The Task Force was Co-Chaired by Elsa Saxod, from the City of San Diego Office of Binational Affairs and by Laura Silvan, from the Proyecto Fronterizo de EducaciĆ³n Ambiental, A.C. (PFEA).

Border 2020

With the formation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (SEMARNAT) Border 2020 program, the successor to the Border 2012 program, the watershed approach figured.

The goals of the 2005 Tijuana River Watershed (TRW) Binational Vision Project remains a part of Border 2020. Under the goal of improving access to clean and safe water, two objectives specifically pertain to the TRW: to “work bi-nationally to identify and reduce surface water contamination in transboundary waterbodies and watersheds;” and to “provide the public with timely access to water quality data in binational waterbodies and watersheds in a readily understandable, web-based format.”

Efforts made by the original Binational Watershed Advisory Council (BWAC), continue to inform the ongoing process in the TRW.

This section contains information on:

  1. Background, Goals, and Accomplishments of Border 2012
  2. Archive of Meeting Minutes
  3. Information on Standard Procedures for the Border 2012 Task Force
  4. Links to Border 2020 and information on current and future EPA border region projects

Last Modified: May 6, 2013

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