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August 18, 2011

WiLDCOAST Presents at Select Committee on California-Mexico bi-national Affairs, Chaired by Assembly-member Ben Hueso

Leads Tour of the Tijuana River Valley for Sacramento Legislators
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San Diego, CA 2011

On Friday August 12th, Members of the select committee on California-Mexico bi-national affairs met to discuss Border Infrastructure and Its Effects on the Environment and Interstate Commerce. WiLDCOAST was invited to present on the status of the environment of the Tijuana River Valley and later to lead a tour for members of the committee.

Conservation Director, Ben McCue shared with the members the recent efforts being done to cleanup and restore the Tijuana River. A total of 16 cleanups in the U.S. and seven in Los Laureles canyon Tijuana have yielded 65.5 tons of trash removed from the watershed by over 3,00 volunteers from both sides of the border.

A group of elected officials from all parts of California were lead by WiLDCOAST and State Parks staff on a tour of the Tijuana River Valley. WiLDCOAST shared with legislators the cleanup efforts that have taken place in the Tijuana River Valley and the work being done across the border, in Mexico with the Los Laureles community to reduce cross-border flow of trash and waste–tires through WiLDCOAST's Canon Limpio Project.

WiLDCOAST also discussed the work being done in Mexico among the inter-agency working group of the Clean Beaches Committees of Tijuana and Rosarito; working groups that aim to reduce beach and beach water contamination.