Tri-State Environmental Education Task Force

The Border 2020 Tri-State Environmental Education Task Force is a regional group of 40–50 active members representing the New Mexico counties of Doña Ana, Luna, Grant and Hidalgo; the Texas counties of El Paso, Hudspeth and Presidio; and the northern portion of the Mexican state of Chihuahua. Organized under EPA’s Border 2020 Program, the EE Task Force convenes regularly in Las Cruces, NM, and throughout the region to discuss opportunities for improving environmental and public health conditions in the Tri-State area.

To address its objectives, Task Force members engage in volunteer efforts, outreach activities, and support requests for grant funding. The Task Force publishes a quarterly newsletter, the Border Report, which is distributed by email.

Each fall, Task Force members schedule an Annual Meeting to report on the progress of EE projects and highlight new or ongoing environmental and public health issues. The meeting provides a forum for confirming or revising the group’s list of regional priority issues.

Priority Issues of the Tri-State EE Task Force

  • Expand Body of Bilingual Resources. Expand the body of available bilingual EE materials and resources with attention to the region's adult and rural populations. Train educators in use of these materials.
  • Identify Disproportionate Impacts. Work with communities to educate and discuss issues relevant to environmental concerns that fall disproportionately on an identifiable group.
  • Workshops, Seminars and Outreach. Conduct workshops, seminars and outreach to promote groundwater education and conservation and proper management of household, agricultural and industrial waste.

Border 2020 Project Reports