Calexico, California - Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia will host a public meeting to discuss the New River, and the State of California’s plan to address this long standing environmental issue in Imperial County.

“The New River is one of the most polluted rivers in the nation,” commented Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella). “By working collaboratively with the community, the Governor’s office, and key state agencies, we can continue the momentum we have created on this issue, and begin to implement projects to improve the harmful environmental conditions of the river that impact the citizens of Imperial County,” he concluded.

The community meeting will be held on Thursday, January 28, 2016, at the Carmen Durazo Cultural Arts Center, 421 Heffernan St. Calexico, CA 92231, from 5-7 p.m.

The New River Improvement Project was created by AB 1079 in 2009, and required the CA-Mexico Border Relations Council to Develop a Strategic Plan to guide its implementation. This meeting will provide background on the Project and the Strategic Plan, present progress to date, and will outline ideas to update the Plan to ensure the implementation of projects that will improve the harmful environmental conditions of the River. Please join us to learn more about this project for your community.

Assemblyman Garcia will be joined by representatives from various state agencies including the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA), the Colorado River Basin Regional Water Quality Control Board, Caltrans, and community groups including the Calexico New River Committee and Comite Civico del Valle.