Environmental officials from Mexico and the United States are working together to clean up the New River which flows south to north from Mexicali, Mexico, to Calexico, California. Once highly polluted, environmental workers have reduced the toxicity of the New River by a factor of 10 in just three years – thanks to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s U.S. – Mexico Environmental Border 2012 program, and a $42 million dollar investment by the United States. This accomplishment showcases the success of the program’s mission – which is to shift Mexico’s natural resources  to improve air, soil, and water quality along both sides of the border.
The Border 2012 program results from the collaboration between Mexico and the United States to improve the environment and also protect the health of the roughly 12 million people who live along the U.S.-Mexico border. Border 2012 takes a more local approach to the issues through stakeholder involvement, among other efforts.