Border 2020

TX-NM-CHIH Workgroup | Education


The TX/NM/CHIH Environmental Education (EE) Task Force is a regional group of 40–50 active members representing the New Mexico counties of Doña Ana, Luna, Grant and Hidalgo; the Texas counties of El Paso, Hudspeth and Presidio; and the northern portion of the Mexican state of Chihuahua. Organized originally under EPA’s Border 2012 Program, the EE Task Force convenes regularly throughout the Paso del Norte region to discuss opportunities for improving environmental and public health conditions in the Tri-State area. To address its objectives, Task Force members engage in volunteer efforts, outreach activities, and support requests for grant funding.

Priority Issues of the Tri-State EE Task Force include:

  • Expand Body of Bilingual Resources. Expand the body of available bilingual EE materials and resources with attention to the region's adult and rural populations. Train educators in use of these materials.
  • Identify Disproportionate Impacts. Work with communities to educate and discuss issues relevant to environmental concerns that fall disproportionately on an identifiable group.
  • Workshops, Seminars and Outreach. Conduct workshops, seminars and outreach to promote groundwater education and conservation and proper management of household, agricultural and industrial waste.

US Co-Leader:
Patricia Juarez, University of Texas at El Paso - CERM
(915) 747-7976

MX Co-Leader:
Lic. Claudia Janet Laffont Castañón, Director of Aqua 21, A.C.