Border Affairs Program

The California Environmental Protection Agency Border Affairs Program promotes interagency cooperation on environmental programs in California and Baja California to help ensure a cleaner, safer, healthier, and more prosperous border region.

The program is a collaborative effort between CalEPA and our Boards, Departments, and Office to address environmental issues on multiple fronts and coordinate efforts with other California state agencies, Baja California, and Tribal Nations in the border region.

The CalEPA Secretary chairs the California Mexico Border Relations Council, which serves as the central organizing body overseeing California-Mexico border issues. It includes the Secretaries of the Environmental Protection Agency, the Health and Human Services Agency, the California Transportation Agency, the Natural Resources Agency, Department of Food and Agriculture, and the Director of the California Office of Emergency Services.


New River Improvement Project Proposal

In January 2016, the California-Mexico Border Relations Council considered a proposal to revise and update the recommendations presented in the 2011 New River Improvement Project Strategic Plan, on the basis of the work of the Technical Advisory Committee and community input. The revised recommendations were conveyed to the Legislature as an addendum to the original Plan released in 2011, and constitute the basis for future implementation of the Strategic Plan, particularly with regards to the implementation of the structural recommendations in the Calexico reach of the New River. Addendum to Legislature (PDF).