Calexico, California - Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia held a press conference today with local border officials regarding the introduction of the Border Air & Water Act (AWA) which would require the California Mexico Border Relations Council to better coordinate the funding and implementation of the New River Strategic Plan.  The Act would also direct the CalEPA to improve air quality monitoring and better fund environmental improvement projects in the California-Mexico border region.

“We must seek solutions to create healthier border communities.  It is our very own California-Mexico border communities that are most impacted by poor water and air quality standards.   Our office will be working closely with local stakeholders like Comite Civico del Valle, City of Calexico and the New River Committee to make sure that the Border Air & Water Act (AWA) becomes a reality and bring the needed resources to our border region”, said Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia.

About Comite Civico del Valle

Comite Civico Del Valle, Inc (CCV) was founded in 1987 in Imperial County, California with the endeavor of improving the lives of low-income families through a broad range of approaches including civic classes and community participation in research projects. Their Mission is to improve access to healthcare, information, and prevention programs to low-income, underrepresented, and underserved community members in Imperial County by way of education, capacity building, and civic participation.

About the Calexico New River Committee

The Calexico New River Committee (CRNC) was established by a group of concerned citizens with the vision of eliminating the negative public health and environmental impacts of the New River on Calexico. The CNRC’s conducts public education, citizen awareness and advocacy campaigns that provide the necessary tools and funding for comprehensive planning to find a solution for removing the hazardous threat of what is essentially an open sewer line through the heart of Calexico. CNRC also seeks to increase public participation in local, state, national, and bi-national efforts to reduce or eliminate adverse environmental and human health impacts from New River pollution.