Accession Number:

ADA374250

Title:

U.S. Mexico Border Despite Some Progress, Environmental Infrastructure Challenges Remain

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS DIV

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2000-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

65.0

Abstract:

You expressed concern about the current status of the border environmental infrastructure and the performance of responsible institutions and programs. As agreed with your offices, this report provides information and analysis on I the nature and extent of environmental infrastructure problems along the border, 2 the programs and funding levels in place to address these problems, and 3 the impediments to improving the environmental infrastructure. This report provides a more in-depth analysis of the environment infrastructure issues than were presented in our July 1999 report. In addition, we are preparing another report that focuses on commercial traffic congestion at the border. Our work focused primarily on the three environmental infrastructure areas being addressed by the two key binational institutions water, wastewater, and solid waste. To gain perspectives on the nature and extent of border environmental infrastructure needs and the challenges communities face, we conducted detailed analyses at five key sister cities San Diego-Tijuana, El Paso-Ciudad Juarez, Brownsville-Matamoros, Calexico-Mexicali, and Douglas-Agua Prieta. We also interviewed officials from the relevant federal, state, and local agencies as well as nongovernmental organizations in the United States and Mexico. Appendix II contains additional information on our scope and methodology.

Subject Categories:

  • Solid Wastes and Pollution and Control
  • Water Pollution and Control

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE