Future clouded for border fund, advisory boards


EPA infrastructure funds have helped fund water projects on both sides of the border. (Photo courtesy NADB)

U.S. and Mexican environmental advocates are increasingly worried by Trump administration policies affecting both sides of the border. Among other problems, they cite proposed budget cuts to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as well as delays in appointing members of two longstanding advisory committees. For the 2018-19 budget year, the Trump administration has proposed zero dollars for the EPA’s Border Water Infrastructure Program (BWIP), which helps fund border-region water projects. The support is made available through the North American Development Bank (NADB), a binational institution that works with federal, state and local actors in both countries. It can have significant cross-border impact. For example, the NADB recently provided “extraordinary” stop-gap funding to help fix the wastewater-treatment system in Naco, Sonora, which was spilling sewage into its sister city of Naco, Arizona. Renata Manning, the bank’s director of grants financing, says budget plans being drafted in... [Log in to read more]

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