Annual Progress Report, 2013
Regional Administrator's Letter
EPA's work in the Pacific Southwest spans thousands of miles – from landfills on Pacific islands to gold mines in Nevada, ports and freeways in California to power plants on tribal lands in Arizona.
In California's Central Valley, 25 percent of the nation's table food is produced on just one percent of U.S. farmland. In its southern half, nearly four million San Joaquin Valley residents suffer from some of the nation's worst air quality and high rates of childhood asthma. Polluted rivers and groundwater pose public health, ecological and economic threats.
EPA has focused on the San Joaquin Valley as a top priority in our work with other agencies and community partners to achieve healthy air, safe drinking water and clean, flowing rivers. These efforts are detailed throughout this edition of our annual Progress Report, as well as on our website.
EPA doesn't just work with our partner agencies – we also fund their environmental programs and enforcement efforts. In fact, that's where most of EPA's $631 million budget for the Pacific Southwest Region goes – to states, tribes, local governments and nonprofits.
EPA's own enforcement programs in the Pacific Southwest have been consolidated in a new Enforcement Division, established in February 2013. The move strengthens our robust regional enforcement and compliance efforts in air, water, waste, toxics and pesticides by integrating our enforcement team and facilitating strategic targeting.
Securing a healthy environment is an ongoing mission that no agency can manage alone. We welcome your input and collaboration in tackling these challenges.
EPA Pacific Southwest Region