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International Boundary and Water Commission: Opportunities Exist to Address Water Quality Problems

2 Open Recommendations
Agency Recommendation Status
International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico The U.S. Commissioner of the IBWC should work with the Mexican Commissioner to formalize a binational rapid response team to address sewage infrastructure failures along the U.S.-Mexico border, including the Nogales and South Bay wastewater treatment plants. (Recommendation 1)
Open – Partially Addressed

In July 2022, USIBWC officials stated that the IBWC continues to use the binational response teams developed in July 2020, in the Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Sonora region and in the San Diego and Tijuana region. The team in Nogales notifies and responds to overflows, with Mexican officials responding to requests to stem overflows that cross the border. According to the USIBWC officials, the team in the San Diego/Tijuana region sends notification of potential overflows but does not respond to stop them. The USIBWC recently provided equipment to Mexico to help remove trash in the overflows in

International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico The U.S. Commissioner of the IBWC should direct USIBWC staff to conduct long-term capital planning for the Santa Cruz River Basin and Tijuana River Valley watersheds, following the principles in OMB Circular A-11. (Recommendation 2)
Open – Partially Addressed

In June 2021, USIBWC provided copies of the most recent capital plans for the Nogales and South Bay plants; however, the plans do not include the long-term capital-planning elements we outlined in our report and recommendation. In July 2022, USIBWC officials said that the agency manages many large infrastructure projects and has a backlog of capital projects costing about $485 million. The officials said that the agency is acquiring an asset management system to help it plan and budget for capital projects. The agency has started inventorying its assets using in-house expertise and will take

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