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U.S. EPA Announces More Than $880,000 Available in Border Environmental Funding; Several workshops for grant applicants to be held in US and Mexico

Release Date: 07/17/2013
Contact Information: Jennah Durant or Austin Vela, 214 665-2200 or r6press@epa.gov

(Dallas – July 17, 2013) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announces $884,000 in grants available for the US-Mexico border region in Texas and New Mexico. The funds will be awarded under the Border 2020 U.S.-Mexico Environmental Program, in coordination with the Border Environment Cooperation Commission (BECC). All proposals must be submitted by August 29, 2013.

EPA will award grants to projects that reflect the goals of the Border 2020 program, especially those supporting work in the Texas/New Mexico border region. Project types include improving air quality monitoring networks; developing applications for reusing water; developing bilingual outreach campaigns to stop illegal dumping; updating sister city-plans; improving understanding of each country’s compliance and enforcement roles; and other projects that help fulfill the goals and objectives of Border 2020. Greater consideration will be given to proposals that leverage other resources and demonstrate measurable results.

Several workshops will be held for potential grant applicants:

Workshops in the U.S.:
7/19/13—McAllen Firemen’s Pumphouse, 201 N. 1st Street, McAllen, TX, 9:30-11:30 am
7/24/13—Del Cerro Community Center, 180 La Fe Ave., Vado, NM, 3-5 pm
7/30/13—American Dam/Carlos Marin Field Office, 2616 West Paisano Drive, El Paso, TX, 3-5 pm

Workshops in Mexico:
8/1/13—Estación Palabra “Gabriel García Márquez,” Ave. César Lúpez de Lara #1020, Sector Aduana Enfrente de la Plaza Primero de Mayo, Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, 1-3 pm
8/7/13—Sala Río Bravo, COCEF, Blvd. Tomas Fernández #8069, Fracc. Los Parques, Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, 3-4:30 pm

    The mission of the bi-national Border 2020 Program is to protect human health and the environment in the U.S.-Mexico border region. BECC is an international organization established to preserve, protect, and enhance the environment in the U.S. – Mexico border region.

    Eligibility is open to U.S. and Mexican non-governmental organizations; local and state government agencies; industry associations; universities; U.S. tribes and Mexican indigenous communities. Proposal applications can be downloaded from the BECC website at www.cocef.org or the EPA Border 2020 website at, www.epa.gov/border2020.
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