Calexico, California - Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) and the Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee will hold a two-part hearing in Southern California focused on California's role in managing binational river water quality issues as well as ensuring border communities, especially disadvantaged communities, are not left behind in water quality restoration efforts.

"Border communities bear the brunt of binational water quality management challenges," states Alejo.  "California needs to do all it can to protect the valuable ecological, recreational and economic resources of border towns and cities that are threatened by the Tijuana and New River, which remain two of the most polluted rivers in the country."

The first hearing was held in Imperial Beach on Thursday, March 19, 2015.  This hearing focused on the progress and challenges facing the Tijuana River recovery strategy.

The second hearing will be held tomorrow, Friday, March 20, 2015, in the city of Calexico, and will focus on the New River restoration efforts. 

State Assembly Oversight Hearing:  New River Restoration Efforts

March 20, 2015, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Calexico City Council Chambers, 608 Heber Avenue, in Calexico

Expected participants include the following:

  • Eduardo Garcia, Assemblymember, 56th District

  • John Moreno, Mayor of Calexico

  • Ing. Francisco Javier Paredes Rodriguez, Director General, Comision Estatal De Servicios Publicos De Mexicali (CESPM)

  • Edward Drusina, United States Commissioner, International Boundary and Water Commission

  • Aimee Barnes, Deputy Secretary for Border and Intergovernmental Relations, California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA)

  • Robert Perdue, Executive Officer, Colorado River Basin Regional Water Quality Control Board

  • Araceli Saucedo, Executive Director, New River Committee

  • Luis Olmedo, Executive Director, Comite Civico Del Valle, Inc.

  • John Hernández, Executive Director, Our Roots Multicultural Center

  • John Renison, Supervisor District, County of Imperial

  • Nick Servin, Public Works Director, City of Calexico

  • Antonio Ortega, Governmental Affairs Officer, Imperial Irrigation District


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