EPA awards grant for U.S./Mexico border environmental projects

EPA awards grant for U.S./Mexico border environmental projects
Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 3:46pm

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded more than $720,000 in grants to fund 16 environmental projects along the Texas and New Mexico U.S-Mexico border. The projects include improving air monitoring, expanding waste collection and recycling, and improving environmental awareness and education among area residents.

The funds were awarded in partnership with the Border Environment Cooperation Commission, under the bi-national U.S.-Mexico Environmental Program, Border 2020. The projects selected address the public health and environmental protection goals of the Border 2020 Program and are part of the overall environmental funding available for the border region.

Last year marked the 20th anniversary of the North American Free Trade Agreement and the 30th anniversary of the La Paz Agreement, which established the legal framework for cooperation between the U.S. and Mexico in protecting the environment of the border region. Through these agreements, EPA has made significant investments that have resulted in major environmental benefits including more than 570 tons of e-waste properly disposed or recycled, the removal of more than 12 million scrap tires from dump sites border wide, and the connection of households to drinking water and wastewater services benefitting the more than 8.5 million border residents.

The following Valley organizations received grants:

  • University of Texas Pan American, Rio Grande, Texas – Received $26,022 for stormwater management projects
  • Public Works Department, City of Pharr, Texas – Received $20,000 to support a monthly cleanup program
  • City of Alamo, Texas – Received $54,838 to improve solid waste management and recycling and improve environmental stewardship

The Border 2020 Program is a bi-national collaborative effort with a mission is to protect human health and the environment in the U.S.-Mexico border region. BECC is an international organization established for the purpose of preserving, protecting, and enhancing the environment in the U.S. – Mexico border region.

For more information on the Border 2020 Program, please visit: www.epa.gov/border2020 .

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