Tijuana sewage, wastewater spills contaminate San Diego region

Tijuana sewage, wastewater spills contaminate San Diego region

Sep 19, 2017

According to the San Diego Union Tribune, hundreds of thousands of gallons of polluted water often carrying sewage and other contaminants have flowed over the Mexico border into the San Diego region every month this year — including a nearly four million gallon spill on Sunday September 17, according to federal records. The continued flows come in the wake of a massive spill in Tijuana that polluted beaches as far north as Coronado in February. The contamination came as sewer pipes cracked and manhole covers bubble over amid winter storms, which caused 256 million gallons of wastewater to go unaccounted for south of the border. There were 11 spills from April through June totaling more than 7.4 million gallons of water often polluted with sewage and other contaminants, according to a report from the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board released Wednesday. Records from the U.S. side of the International Boundary and Water Commission — which oversees water treaties between Mexico and the United States and tracks trans-boundary spills — show another five spills since July, accounting for an additional more than 6.5 million gallons. At the same time, elected officials from San Diego have raised concerns that the federal government could nix funding for the agencies and programs intended to address the issue. A spending package passed in by the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday would eliminate the U.S.-Mexico Border Water Infrastructure Grant Program, which has helped facilitate infrastructure upgrades to prevent sewage spills in Tijuana. Ending the grant program is part of a roughly 7 percent cut to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that would drastically limit resources to protect clean air and water, said Rep. Scott Peters, D-San Diego. “Eliminating this program would take away one of our tools to improve sewage infrastructure along the border and prevent these constant spills that threaten public health and damage our quality of life,” Peters said in a statement. “It also threatens the cross-border cooperation and leadership that is necessary to keep sewage out of American waterways.”   The IBWC would see a more than $5 million cut to its annual budget, down to $72 million, under the House spending blueprint. The package now goes to Senate hearings...

Mexicali City Hall carries out cleaning and refurbishment works at Angeles de Puebla park

Mexicali City Hall carries out cleaning and refurbishment works at Angeles de Puebla park

Aug 29, 2017

Mexicali BC, August 28, 2017.- With the purpose of improving the urban environment of the city, the municipal government of Mexicali through the Department of Public Services, carried out cleaning and refurbishment works at the Angeles de Puebla public park. Carlos Flores Vásquez, Director of Municipal Public Services reported that this day of cleaning was made possible in coordination with SEDENA and residents of the Angeles de Puebla neighborhood, who joined forces to get the cleaning actions done in the area. It was announced that as part of the activities the lawn was cut, trees and shrubs were prunned, dry leaves were removed from the palm trees, and 42 cubic meters of garbage were also removed from the park. Flores Vásquez, explained that this cleaning day involved 12 employees from the Public Services Department and a group of 25 SEDENA soldiers, as well as residents of the subdivision. To carry out the cleaning tasks of this park, the Municipal Public Services department used a dump truck, a Bob Cat type unit, a grass cutter, a chainsaw and two other pieces of equipment. The official said that the 22nd Municipality of Mexicali will continue to work in coordination with the citizens, to attend to all sectors of the city, and he is inviting all the people of Mexicali to join in this effort, maintaining cleanliness and order in their streets and neighborhoods. To report any irregularities in the service, please call:  556-96-50 Press release issued by the 22 Ayuntamiento de...

Reforestation program is proposed for the “ABELARDO RODRÍGUEZ” dam in Tijuana

Reforestation program is proposed for the “ABELARDO RODRÍGUEZ” dam in Tijuana

Aug 26, 2017

Mexicali, BC, Thursday, August 24, 2017.- In a press conference, Congressman Carlos Torres Torres announced that they will support Tijuana Innovadora‘s initiative to reforest the “Abelardo Rodríguez” damsurrounding areas, in order to prevent erosion, and preserve water storing capacity. For this reason, the president of the Commission for Citizen Participation and Modernization of the Congress has called on the National Water Commission (Conagua) to join the “Green Tijuana” (Tijuana Verde) project as soon as possible and authorize the afforestation of this area. Represetnative Carlos Torres Torres emphasized that climate change has had negative effects on the environment and mentioned that the year 2016 was declared as the hottest year in the history of the world by the World Meteorological Organization. He added that the majority of scientists worldwide agree that the main cause of the acceleration of global warming currently lies in human activity, such as deforestation due to immoderate felling, forest fires, the excesive exploitation of soils and the burning of fossil fuels that release large amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. He recalled that Baja California is very low precipitation region, so it depends for its survival of the flow of the Colorado River to fill up their existing dams. The director of “Tijuana Verde,” Octavio López, mentioned that the World Health Organization has determined that there should be 9.2 square meters of green areas per inhabitant in a city, and that unfortunately is not the case for Tijuana, where the figure is 0.8 square meters of green area per inhabitant. He announced that, currently, Tijuana has a unique opportunity to double up the amount of green areas in a three-year period of time . Reforesting the areas surrounding the dam “Abelardo Rodríguez” is equivalent to the extension of almost 5 times the size of the Morelos Park. During the presentation of the project, representative Carlos Torres was accompanied by the director of “Tijuana Verde”, Octavio López, as well as by Mónica Hernández “La Chula” and Iraís Vázquez Aguiar....

Governor Kiko Vega hosted tri-national meeting regarding Totoaba illegal traffic

Governor Kiko Vega hosted tri-national meeting regarding Totoaba illegal traffic

Aug 25, 2017

It is really important to protect the totoaba fish, seeking and according on joint actions which allow strategies, experiences and practices within a frame of specialized knowledge for an efficient transnational cooperation in the struggle against the traffic of this species, mainly for the so called “buche” which has a huge value in the black market and has triggered the ambition of criminal groups who want to control this illegal traffic, said Baja California Governor Kiko Vega. During the visit of Federal Secretary of Environmental Protection, Rafael Pacchiano Alaman Mr. Vega said that there is a project to enhance the management units for conservation, reproduction and breeding totoaba fish which will allow the beginning of the repopulation program consisting of three stages and will have an investment of 63.5 million pesos with resources from the federal and state governments as well as the University of Baja California, with a current advance of 65%. The Facilities of the Second Naval Region in Ensenada were the stage where Mr. Vega hosted Mexican federal authorities as well as Chinese and American representatives to agree on how to approach this problem which involves the three countries and which has become a big problem regarding the environment as well as the economy of Sea of Cortez communities, and concurred that Totoaba traffic is one of the main problems endangering the Vaquita marina, California Gulf endemic marine mammal in danger of extinction. Rafael Pacchiano, Mexico’s Environment Protection said that the Federal Government has taken action in coordination with the State to avoid the loss of the Vaquita, such as development of new fishing “arts” (nets and the like) which might interact without endangering this species and law adequacy to typify totoaba illegal fishing as a felony, and this has already allowed the first arrests and conviction of people involved in this crime. Pacchiano also said that the cooperation and will to work of USA and China Governments to combat the fishing and illegal trafficking of totoaba fish, they have decided to explore alternatives to design a legal frame of commerce of the species aiming not only to protect the Gulf’s biodiversity but also offering the residents of communities involved sustainable...

Regional Congress of Environment and Industrial Safety in Mexicali

Regional Congress of Environment and Industrial Safety in Mexicali

Aug 18, 2017

To promote a culture that takes care of water and other resources that affect the environment is a priority in the administration headed by Governor Francisco Vega de Lamadrid. For this reason, the State Commission for Public Health Services Mexicali (CESPM), has extended an invitation to entrepreneurs, students and general public to participate in the Third Regional Congress of Environment and Industrial Safety CANACINTRA 2017. The third Regional Congress of Environment and Industrial Safety CANACINTRA 2017, will be celebrated on August 30 and 31 of this year in Mexicali, Baja California, in the facilities of the Center of Conventions and Shows CEART. The objective of this initiative is to increase the profitability and competitiveness of the industries, through the diffusion of all the tools, new technologies, regulations and new processes that will allow our industrial sector to generate savings and increase its productivity. The program has high level conferences, workshops, business meetings and an extensive exhibition area. Topics: 1. Air quality. 2. Environment and Sustainability. 3. Safety and Health. 4. Crisis and Contingencies. For more information go to Canacintra Mexicali at Calzada Justo Sierra and José María Larroque S / N, Colonia Nueva. Contact: Phone.- 554 24 66 Email.- seguridadindustrial@canacintra.com to the attention of Ing. Guadalupe...

The state government of Baja California creates Climate Change Council

The state government of Baja California creates Climate Change Council

Aug 16, 2017

Tuesday, August 15, 2017.- The State Administration headed by governor Francisco Vega de Lamadrid, expressed their concern about conditions and projections in the increase of global temperature, therefore, the Council on Climate Change Of Baja California was officially installed. On behalf of the State Representative, the Secretary General of Government, Francisco Rueda Gómez, protested to the members of this council and urged them to redouble their efforts and work for the State Administration to continue to carry out actions aimed at mitigating the effects of climate change. “This administration has reinforced the normative instruments and the public policies to revert the vehicular emissions, control industrial pollution, reduce clandestine dumps, develop the sustainable energy and extend the sources of water supply”, said Francisco Rueda. The Secretary General of Government mentioned that through the environmental audit program, 36 clandestine dumps occupying 70 hectares were shut down. The Forest Germplasm Bank for Baja California was set up in Tecate, which is a genetic seed research laboratory to strengthen species vulnerable to climate change and more than 10,000 trees have been planted in 289 schools along the state. He pointed out that the State Humidity Committee was created in El Hongo, a tower for the detection of forest fires, and the strategies of the monitoring network and water culture will be further strengthened among the population. “Work has been done, but we need to make greater efforts to address the risks of climate change, especially rising temperatures, reduced rainfall, prolonged droughts, coastal flooding, contraction of economic activities, and any kind of damage to health. In Baja California the implementation of measures to reduce the impact of global warming is understood as an investment to avoid the risk of very serious consequences in the future, ” said the state official. The Secretary for Environmental Protection (SPA), Thelma Rosa Castañeda Custodia, said that the goal of the State Program of Action on Climate Change is to reduce CO2 emissions by 15 to 25%, which means that Baja California will contribute to prevent that global warming does not exceed 2 degrees centigrade by the year 2050. “When we installed the State Committee on Climate Change, we have assumed in the medium term the challenge of reducing...