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Border 2020

2018 Highlights Report

Background

The Border 2020 Program is managed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Mexico’s Secretary of the Environment and Natural Resources. It is implemented through a regional, bottom-up collaborative approach for decision-making, priority setting, and project implementation to improve environmental and health conditions along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Since 2003, through 108 funded projects, EPA and SEMARNAT have provided access to safe drinking water to 70,000 homes and first-time wastewater collection and treatment to 673,000 homes.

The report illustrates the collaborative work of government, academia, non-governmental organizations, indigenous communities, local communities, and the private sector to protect the environment along the U.S.-Mexico border and improve the well-being of the border residents. It also showcases the capacity building efforts, best practices, and information sharing that has succeeded in reducing risks and increasing economic, environmental, and health benefits in the region.

Report Highlights

  • In 2017, through the North American Development Bank, EPA announced a new project application cycle for Border Water Infrastructure Program funding. This cycle identified over 60 eligible drinking water and wastewater projects with a total estimated construction cost of $296 million dollars that address public health and environmental conditions along the border.
  • Initial results from the pilot project at the Mariposa Port of Entry  in Nogales, Arizona(an important land port along the U.S.-Mexico border with over 7 million vehicle crossings per year, including 350,000 truck crossings), show how decreased wait times have successfully reduced emissions from idling. This pilot program is expected to significantly reduce wait times, from 8 hours to 1 hour, for northbound cargo trucks. This reduction in wait times will reduce emissions from idling vehicles and accelerate commerce.
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