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Environmental Management Division

The Environmental Management Division (EMD) is composed of a team of multidisciplinary professionals with backgrounds in Biological Sciences, Environmental Science, Geography, and Environmental Engineering.  EMD is responsible for addressing environmental compliance throughout USIBWC project areas along the U.S. and Mexico border.

Reports and studies - Through the review and development of environmental documents and proposed activities, EMD staff provide support and coordination to agency personnel, stakeholders, regulators and project proponents. Environmental reports have been prepared to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and applicable environmental laws and regulations.

USIBWC Operational Procedures for Implementing National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) (Federal Register 46:170 (Sept. 2, 1981) p.44083

Adopt-a-River - Information about USIBWC's Adopt-a-River cleanup program to promote a clean Rio Grande.

Rio Grande Canalization EIS webpage

For questions about NEPA compliance or general environmental questions, contact Gilbert Anaya (915) 832-4702

Cultural Resources
For questions about cultural resources, contact Gilbert Anaya (915) 832-4702

Natural Resources, Water Quality, Waste Water Systems and other Environmental Issues:
For project specific questions contact:
Wayne Belzer (915) 832-4703
Kelly Blough (915) 832-4734
Elizabeth Verdecchia (915) 832-4701
Albert Flores (915) 832-4707

Water Quality Data
South Bay Ocean Outfall and New River Water Quality Monitoring

Texas Clean Rivers ProgramThe Texas Clean Rivers Program

In 1991, the Texas Legislature passed the Texas Clean Rivers Act (Senate Bill 818) in response to growing concerns that water resource issues were not being pursued in an integrated, systematic manner. The act requires that ongoing water quality assessments be conducted for each river basin in Texas, an approach that integrates water quality and water quantity issues within a river basin, or watershed. The Clean Rivers Program (CRP) legislation mandates that "each river authority (or local governing entity) shall submit quality-assured data collected in the river basin to the commission." More on The Texas Clean Rivers Program