The United States Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission (USIBWC) has scheduled a public meeting of the USIBWC Citizens Forum on July 1, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. via webinar. The meeting will cover an introduction to Morgan Rogers, San Diego Field Office Area Operations Manager, USIBWC activities in San Diego, and an update on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) projects in the San Diego region.

Morgan Rogers recently joined the USIBWC as the San Diego Field Office Area Operations Manager overseeing the operation of the South Bay International Wastewater Treatment Plant (SBIWTP), which treats Mexican wastewater to U.S. standards. Other duties include operation and maintenance of the Tijuana River Flood Control Project, international boundary demarcation, SBIWTP permit reporting, operation of the canyon collectors that capture stormwater and wastewater from Mexico, and coordination with the Mexican Section of the Commission on the region’s boundary and water issues. Information on the San Diego Field Office can be found at https://www.ibwc.gov/Organization/Operations/Field_Offices/San_Diego.html. Rogers can be reached via email at: morgan.rogers@ibwc.gov

Rogers will provide an update on the purchase and use of equipment by the USIBWC, such as pumps and flow meters, intended to mitigate transboundary flows from Mexico to the extent practicable, consistent with an agreement in the ongoing litigation filed by the State of California and other parties over transboundary wastewater issues. As part of this agreement, the USIBWC will update the public of ongoing operational activities, including use of this new equipment, at its Citizens Forum meetings.

Doug Liden, Environmental Engineer, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 9 San Diego Border Office, will give an update on the evaluation of possible projects funded by the USMCA to address waterborne pollution from Tijuana. In the Tijuana River Valley and neighboring coastal areas, contaminated flows from Mexico enter the U.S. and create significant negative impacts to water quality, public health, and the environment. In 2020, the U.S. government, through the EPA, committed $300 million in the USMCA Trade Agreement to identify infrastructure solutions to mitigate this decades-old problem. Mr. Liden will provide an update on the evaluation of infrastructure projects to support a comprehensive solution to the transboundary wastewater pollution issues in the San Diego-Tijuana region, in accordance with the USMCA treaty legislation. More information on USMCA can be found at https://www.epa.gov/sustainable-water-infrastructure/usmca-tijuana-river-watershed.

The purpose of the Citizens Forum is to promote the exchange of information between the USIBWC and the community about Commission projects and related activities.

To join our Teams Meeting, visit https://ibwc.gov/Citizens_Forums/CF_SBIWTP.html. Click on “Join.” If you do not have Teams installed on the device you will use to attend the meeting, it will work through any internet browser. If possible, it may be helpful for you to test connectivity on your own prior to the meeting by clicking on the Join link and ensuring your camera and microphone are functioning. Or join by phone: Call-in number: 915-320-4718 | Conference ID: 679 153 730#

For those connecting via 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 public comment, then please sign up ahead of time by contacting Lori Kuczmanski at lori.kuczmanski@ibwc.gov or 915-494-6027 by noon on July 1.

Members of the public who would like more information about the meeting may contact the USIBWC public affairs office at 915-494-6027 or lori.kuczmanski@ibwc.gov.

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