November 04, 2021

EPA’s U.S.-Mexico Border 2025 Program Selects Environmental Projects for Implementation

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in coordination with the North American Development Bank (NADB), has selected eight environmental and public health projects to be implemented on both sides of the border through the new Border 2025 U.S.- Mexico Environmental Program. 

The projects meet the objectives of the Border 2025 U.S.-Mexico Environmental Program: to improve water quality; and improve joint preparedness for and responses to environmental emergencies.

“The new Border 2025 funding will improve public health and the environment for U.S. and Mexican communities within the border region, while advancing the EPA priorities of climate change mitigation and adaptation, and environmental justice,” said EPA Pacific Southwest Acting Regional Administrator Deborah Jordan.

“It is an honor for NADB to continue to work on Border 2025 in collaboration with EPA and the Mexican Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT),” stated Calixto Mateos, NADB Managing Director. “We are excited to see the continuation of this successful program as well as the emphasis being placed on climate change and environmental justice.”

As a result of the proposal selection process for the EPA's Border 2025 Program in Region 9, completed on September 30, 2021, the NADB approved eight projects for development, which will receive grant funds of $501,388 that will be complemented by $574,949 of own funds or obtained from other institutions by the sponsors.

The list of approved projects, which fall within the principles of attention to climate change and environmental justice, is as follows:

Community Project
Border Region Borderwide study to evaluate 15 Sister Cities joint contingency plans
Nogales, Sonora Wastewater pretreatment of heavy metals and reuse
Yuma, Arizona Developing wastewater reuse design on Cocopah Tribal Lands
Nogales, Arizona/Sonora Binational trainings for sediment pollution retention 
Mexicali, Baja California Air and health surveillance system
Tijuana, Baja California  Pilot Program: Community prevention of clandestine dump in the Anexa Miramar
Ensenada, Baja California Strengthening waste management in San Antonio Necua 
Tijuana, Baja California  Waste analysis and socio-environmental vulnerability in the Alamar River