In our website you can find information on environmental issues in the New Mexico-Chihuahua border region and discover how you and others can participate in the activities of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Border 2020 Program.
Since 2003, some 550 citizens of New Mexico and Mexico’s northern Chihuahua state have engaged in community preojects, tours, festivals and general planning sessions for the purpose of identifying on-the-ground activities for improving environmental conditions in their border communities.
Our projects have included the identification and disposal of 1,000s of discarded scrap tires; a two-day tour of water storage facilities, infrastructure and technologies; and the first-ever monitoring and documentation of air quality in the Columbus-Palomas area.
What is Border 2020?
The Border 2020 Program is the latest environmental program implemented under the 1983 U.S.-Mexico La Paz Agreement. The program builds on the former Border 2012 Environmental Program, emphasizing regional, bottom-up approaches for decision making, priority setting, and project implementation to address the environmental and public health problems in the border region. As in Border 2012, the new Program encourages participation from communities and local stakeholders.
The Border 2020 Program also strengthens its focus in regional areas where environmental improvements are needed most: establishing thematic goals, supporting the implementation of projects, considering new fundamental strategies, and encouraging the achievement of more ambitious environmental and public health goals.
How to Get Involved
At the local level, Border 2020 encourages stakeholder involvement. Within our region, citizens from border communities meet regularly to identify and implement projects relevant to their communities. You can join this active group of individuals by participating in meetings and planning sessions of the New Mexico Rural Task Force and the Las Cruces-based Tri-State Environmental Education Task Force.