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San Diego Congressional Delegation Amendment Directs EPA to Prioritize Border Environmental Crisis

Jun 20, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 20, 2019) – Today, Rep. Juan Vargas (CA-51) along with the San Diego Congressional Delegation, Reps. Susan Davis (CA-53), Scott Peters (CA-52) and Mike Levin (CA-49) released the following statement applauding the inclusion of their amendment in the House-Passed Appropriations Package:

“We are pleased that the House Appropriations Committee has included $30 million in Border Water Infrastructure Program (BWIP) funds – twice as much as last year. Our amendment will direct the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to use the funding to prioritize projects that address the environmental crisis along the entire U.S.-Mexico border.

“The on-going cross-border flooding is causing long-term harm to our coastal communities. The EPA must take meaningful action to mitigate the sewage spills in the Tijuana River Valley.

“It is our understanding that the EPA, in conjunction with the North American Development (NAD) Bank, will soon release a study highlighting potential projects that could drastically reduce wastewater and pollution flowing into our region.

“We look forward to the EPA prioritizing funding for the identified projects in their upcoming budget requests to Congress. We are committed to working with the agency to see that their requests are funded.”

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 fourth term in Congress.  He serves on the House Financial Services Committee and House Foreign Affairs Committee.