USIBWC Public Meeting (via webinar) scheduled for July 1 at 5:30 pm | New
The United States Section of the International Boundaries and Water Commission (USIBWC) has scheduled a public meeting of the USIBWC Citizens’ Forum on July 1 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. via a webinar. The meeting will cover an introduction by Morgan Rogers, Director of Operations at the San Diego Field Office, to USIBWC activities in San Diego, and an update on the US-Mexico-Canada Accord plans ( USMCA) in the San Diego area.
Morgan Rogers recently joined the USIBWC as Director of Operations for the local San Diego office, overseeing the operation of the South Bay International Wastewater Treatment Plant (SBIWTP), which treats Mexican wastewater in accordance with American standards. Other tasks include operation and maintenance of the Tijuana River Flood Control Project, international border demarcation, SBIWTP permit reporting, operation of canyon collectors that collect storm water and wastewater of Mexico, and coordination with the Mexican section of the Commission on Boundary and Water issues. Information on the San Diego field office is available at https://www.ibwc.gov/Organization/Operations/Field_Offices/San_Diego.html. Rogers can be reached by email at: [email protected]
Rogers to provide update on the purchase and use of equipment by the USIBWC, such as pumps and flow meters, intended to mitigate cross-border flows from Mexico to the extent possible, in accordance with an agreement in ongoing litigation filed by the State of California and other parties over transboundary wastewater issues. As part of this agreement, the USIBWC will inform the public of ongoing operational activities, including the use of this new equipment, at its Citizens’ Forum meetings.
Doug Liden, Environmental Engineer, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 9 San Diego Border Office, will provide an update on the assessment of possible USMCA-funded projects to address water-borne pollution in Tijuana. In the Tijuana River Valley and neighboring coastal areas, contaminated streams from Mexico enter the United States and create significant negative impacts on water quality, public health, and the environment. In 2020, the U.S. government, through the EPA, committed $ 300 million in the USMCA trade deal to identify infrastructure solutions to alleviate this decades-old problem. Mr. Liden will provide an update on the assessment of infrastructure projects to support a comprehensive solution to transboundary sewage pollution issues in the San Diego-Tijuana area, in accordance with USMCA treaty law. More information on the USMCA is available at https://www.epa.gov/sustainable-water-infrastructure/usmca-tijuana-river-watershed.
The objective of the Citizens’ Forum is to promote the exchange of information between the USIBWC and the community on Commission projects and related activities.
To join our team meeting, visit https://ibwc.gov/Citizens_Forums/CF_SBIWTP.html. Click on “Join”. If Teams is not installed on the device you will be using to attend the meeting, it will work through any internet browser. If possible, it may be helpful for you to test the connectivity on your own before the meeting by clicking the Join link and making sure your camera and microphone are working. Or register by phone: Call number: 915-320-4718 | Conference ID: 679 153 730 #
For those connecting by phone, the presentations will be available before the start of the meeting at https://ibwc.gov/Citizens_Forums/CF_SBIWTP.html. Look for the links for the 7/1/2021 meeting. If you would like to speak during the public comments, please register in advance by contacting Lori Kuczmanski at [email protected] or 915-494-6027 by noon on July 1.
Members of the public wishing more information about the meeting can contact the USIBWC Public Affairs Office at 915-494-6027 or [email protected]