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March 05, 2012

Secretary of Semarnat, Governor of Baja California visit Los Laureles, Tijuana

by Paloma Aguirre

On Friday March 2nd, 2012 Governor of Baja California Jose Guadalupe Ozuna Millan and SEMARNAT's Secretary (Mexico's Environmental and Natural Resources Agency) Juan Rafael Quesada visited Los Laureles canyon in Tijuana to deliver 3.7 million pesos (285,000 USD approx) to Tijuana's communities through SEMARNAT's Temporary Employment Program.

Through this program local residents have the opportunity to become employed and receive a temporary modest wage to work on projects that bring a social or environmental benefit to their communities.
The projects chosen for Los Laureles canyon include cleanup and restoration activities.

Cleanup and restoration activities in Los Laureles canyon not only bring an immediate public health and aesthetic benefit to the community but also create an indirect benefit to the United States. It brings an indirect benefit because los Laureles canyon is a sub-basin of the Tijuana River watershed and drains across the border into the United States federally protected Tijuana Estuary. By conducting these cleanup and restoration activities, trash and excess sediment are prevented from crossing the border and impacting this fragile ecosystem and the south San Diego shoreline.