Paso del Norte Watershed Council. Recent Activities October 23, 2003. New Officers Elected for 2003-2004. Chair: Sue Watts. Assistant Chair: Julie Maitland. Secretary: Valerie Provencio. Treasurer: Ari Michelsen. 2003-2004 Executive Committee. Kevin Bixby, SWEC
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October 23, 2003
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is soliciting grant proposals for projects along the border that address objectives of the U.S.-Mexico Border 2012 Program.
The U.S.-Mexico Border 2012 Program is a new binational 10-year cooperative plan aimed at protecting public health and the environment along the 2,000-mile border region where almost 12 million citizens of both countries live. The program's objectives are to decrease air, water, waste and soil pollution, and to lower the risks of exposure to pesticides and other chemicals.
EPA grant funds have been successfully invested in dozens of infrastructure projects in the United States and Mexico, such as the first-ever wastewater plant in Cuidad Juárez. Grant funding has educated communities on both sides of the border in Spanish and English through the Indoor Air Awareness Campaign in El Paso and by training field workers on the safety of drinking water in Webb County, Texas.
To apply, organizations must be located in the United States and can include border states, multi-state/tribal organizations, universities, local governments and non-governmental organizations.
Pre-proposals must be post-marked by midnight Dec. 31, 2003.
American Heritage Rivers InitiativeBi-Annual Meeting El Paso, Texas November 3 - 4, 2003"Our Texas Treasure: The Mighty Rio Grande"at the El Paso Convention and Performance Center
AHRI began in 1998 and provides each river a river navigator who acts as the liaison representing 18 federal agencies which assist the river communities to be creative in developing a community based program. This program assists them in making a difference by fostering community pride, improving quality of life and strengthening economics by leveraging federal monies. This initiative encompasses themes of historic preservation, economic development, and protecting the environment. The EPA has taken the lead as River Navigator for the Rio Grande and is co-hosting this meeting with the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo Basin Coalition. For complete meeting information visit our website www.rioweb.org or go directly to the EPA website, www.epa.gov/rivers/98rivers/stjohns.html.
Presented by WERC: A Consortium for Environmental Education and Technology Development
October 22 (yesterday) at
Irvin High School in El Paso
for elementary school students grades 3-5
The president has asked Congress for a $21 million appropriation for grants to support community-based approaches and activities to help local water resources.For 2004, the Agency is continuing its focus on approaches aimed to provide quick, measurable environmental results, partnerships, innovation, and program integration. In addition, this year more emphasis will be placed on market-based approaches and other socio-economic strategies and the serious and growing hypoxia problem facing the Gulf of Mexico.Nominations by the country's governors and tribal leaders for the second year of grants competition will be due to EPA on or before Jan. 15, 2004. The Agency will then evaluate and rank each submission based on a set of criteria outlined in today's notice. Final selections of the watershed grantees will be announced next spring. To access the Federal Register Notice when published and other information about the Watershed Initiative go to: http://www.epa.gov/owow/watershed/initiative/.
Wednesday October 29, 2003
9:30am to noonNew Mexico Department of AgricultureNew Mexico State UniversityLas Cruces, NM
Nancy Hanks, Ph.D.