Today I am participating in a 4-hour Telecon/webinar as a member of the EPA’s Good Neighbor Environmental Board (GNEB). The GNEB is appointed by EPA and focuses on a wide range of infrastructure needs on the US side of the US/Mexico Border. Each year the GNEB prepares a report for the President and Congress that focuses on a particular infrastructure need. Patti Krebs had served on this Board for several year. Vilmarie Rodriguez encouraged me to submit an application to the Board last year, and earlier this year I was appointed to represent IEA.
Other representatives from the San Diego Region include Keith Pezzoli, Ph.D., UCSD, Mike Vizzier, HMD – San Diego County, and Jill Sherman-Wayne, Executive Director, Native American Environmental Protection Coalition.
Nationally, GNEB includes representatives from EPA, IBWC, US Departments of Agriculture, Energy, Homeland Security, Commerce, Transportation, and HUD; National Park Service, Colorado River Delta Program, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Universities of Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona; New Mexico Health and Human Services, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, and Sierra Club,
The focus for 2013 is identifying ecological restoration projects in the border area that should be identified and discussed in a report to the Administration and Congress. The GNEB group will serve as the research team for preparing the report which will be due early next year.