On August 9th, Chamber Director of International Business Affairs, Kenia Zamarripa, met with German Lizola, Director of CESPT (State Commission of Public Services in Tijuana) to follow up on collaboration efforts that advance cross-border issues such as the Tijuana River Valley transboundary pollution.
The Chamber is assisting in expanding CESPT’s communication and outreach to inform stakeholders and our region about the Commission’s work plans. In addition, we are advocating for the necessary funds that are needed in order to minimize and mitigate cross-border pollution.
Earlier this year during federal budget appropriations discussions, the Chamber advocated in support for funding the EPA’s U.S.-Mexico Border Water Infrastructure Program which ultimately received $10m. Additionally, Mexico’s National Water Commission (CONAGUA) announced an investment of $4.35M for improvements to repair Tijuana’s sewage infrastructure. In collaboration with CESPT, these funds are currently covering the replacement of sewage pipelines and the main wastewater treatment plant in order to prevent major sewage spills along the canal.
The Chamber will be hosting a Good Government Speaker Series event featuring CESPT Director Lizola, who will be going over the Commission’s efforts on improving Tijuana’s sewage system and sanitation, and sharing a timeline of upcoming projects that will help minimize pollution on the Tijuana River. The event will take place Wednesday, September 5th, 10:00a.m. to 11:30a.m. at the Chamber. Please contact Kenia Zamarripa for details.