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July 11, 2011

WiLDCOAST Makes Binational Conservation Recommendations to the Mayors of Tijuana and San Diego

During the 7th Binational Mayors Meeting
Governor of Baja California Jose Guadalupe Osuna Millan welcomes attendees

WiLDCOAST was invited to participate in the roundtable discussion of the 7th Binational Mayors Meeting as an expert in water quality and environmental issues in the border region. Participants of the roundtable discussions were representatives from Mexican municipal agencies, San Diego city agencies and non-profit organizations from both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.

Recommendations to the mayors of the city of San Diego and the city of Tijuana on the topic of Water and the Environment were the following: 

· Support the binational mayoral agreement to invest in binational infrastructure that would address environmental issues and create a parallel inter-agency group to the U.S. Tijuana River Valley Recovery Team.

· Adopt a binational informational beach closure protocol that would adapt knowledge and technology used currently by San Diego County’s Department of Environmental Health.

· Create a binational water management plan.

· Establish binational conservation areas along the border.

· Create a binational solid waste management program through legislation to reduce contamination by incentivizing plastics at the municipal level and increase binational collaboration to maximize resources.

Recommendations were reached by roundtable consensus and were presented to Mayor Jerry Sanders and Mayor Carlos Bustamante during the plenary session of the meeting.