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Clean Water Now

Dear Congressman Juan Vargas

Pollution in the Tijuana River has been a challenge in the San Diego-Tijuana border region for decades. With rapid urban development, and the inequalities inherent to the border, the severity of the problem has increased and with it, the need for our elected officials to take action has never been more important. From business owners to ranchers, family beachgoers to surfers it affects us all. The movement for clean water has gained momentum in the last few years and now is the time to advocate for solutions.

We urge you to ensure that:

  1. Sufficient funds are secured for wastewater and solid waste infrastructure projects along the San Diego-Tijuana border region. The Border Environment Cooperation Commission (BECC), which develops these projects across the US-MX border, had less than a $6 million budget in 2015 and there is an estimated $1 Billion in projects that need to be funded.
  2. A larger budget is allocated to the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) and its subsidiaries such as Minute 320 that address solid waste and flooding in the Tijuana River Valley.
  3. Funding is increased for EPA’s Border 2020 program, a follow-up to the Border 2012 initiative that had great success in bringing together stakeholders and agency officials in cross-border collaborative projects.


Thank you for your commitment to reducing and eliminating Tijuana River pollution.