San Diego Bipartisan Congressional Delegation Celebrates Binational Framework to Address Transboundary Flows from Mexico
San Diego Bipartisan Congressional Delegation Celebrates
Binational Framework to Address Transboundary Flows from Mexico
SAN DIEGO, CA (August 18, 2022) – Today, Representatives Juan Vargas (CA-51), Mike Levin (CA-49), Scott Peters (CA-52), Sara Jacobs (CA-53) and Darrell Issa (CA-50) celebrated the ceremonial signing by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the International Boundary and Water Commission, and their respective Mexican counterparts, of a binational framework to stem the flow of transborder pollution in the San Diego-Tijuana region, and the commemoration of its entry into force.
“Today’s signing ceremony is indicative of United States’ and Mexico’s commitment to mitigating the ongoing transboundary flows that have plagued our binational region for decades,” said Rep. Juan Vargas. “This framework recognizes that this binational issue demands a binational solution, bringing us one step closer to protecting our communities and environment for generations to come. My colleagues and I are committed to ensuring that EPA and IBWC have the necessary authorities to move this framework forward.”
“Pollution from the Tijuana River Valley has tormented communities throughout the region for years, and it’s long past time that we resolve this issue,” said Rep. Levin. “Today’s signing of a binational Statement of Intent between our two nations is an encouraging step to advance projects that will stem the flow of this pollution and protect our environment, public health, and our economy. I will continue to do everything possible to ensure that all of the federal, state, and local leaders involved will act with the urgency this situation demands to deliver real results for the communities we serve.”
"The scope of this environmental problem always required committed and bold cooperation from both countries," said Rep. Scott Peters. "That is precisely what we celebrate today. The binational framework to stem the flow of transborder pollution will deliver a better future for residents on both sides of the border, and will continue guiding our efforts in the right direction. I thank Rep. Juan Vargas for being a leading voice on this issue, my colleagues, and our counterparts in Mexico who are working with us to stop this harmful flow once and for all."
“The pollution, sewage, and trash flowing through the Tijuana River Valley have plagued both sides of the border for decades, damaging our beaches, marine ecosystems, economies, and the health and safety of our communities,” said Congresswoman Sara Jacobs. “Our San Diego Congressional delegation has worked tirelessly to secure the needed funding to address this crisis, and to work with our partners at every level of government and across the border to get it done. This crisis requires coordination and collaboration between the United States and Mexico, and I’m pleased that this new binational framework will help us deliver a permanent solution that brings relief to our communities.”
“This framework is a landmark step that advances the common interest of the San Diego region for cleaner water and a cleaner coastline,” said Rep. Darrell Issa. “It is also structured to ensure the U.S. and Mexican governments continue to make Tijuana River cleanup a priority. I look forward to working with my bipartisan colleagues as this vital project moves from concept to completion.”
Vargas represents California’s 51st Congressional District which includes the southern portion of San Diego County, all of Imperial County and California’s entire U.S.-Mexico border. Vargas was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012 and is currently serving his fifth term in Congress. He serves on the House Financial Services Committee and House Foreign Affairs Committee.