Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-Laredo) announced two infrastructure improvements in Nuevo Laredo funded by the Environmental Protection Agency, the Border Environment Cooperation Commission (BECC) and the North American Development Bank (NADB).
"Mexico is not only an important trade and economic partner with the U.S., but the border and water we share make it an important environmental partner as well," Congressman Cuellar said. "This investment will ensure clean and safe environments for families in both Laredo and Nuevo Laredo, and I thank BECC-NADB for their commitment to our South Texas families."
The Environmental Protection Agency will fund $2.8 million of $5 million dollar first project, which will disconnect wastewater lines from storm drains in Nuevo Laredo. The disconnection of lines will eliminate untreated wastewater discharge into the Rio Grande, resulting in cleaner water for both Laredo and Nuevo Laredo residents.
"Citizens of the border region are well aware that environmental challenges do not recognize international boundaries. The Bank itself, along with the EPA-funded Border Environment Infrastructure Fund (BEIF) were established precisely to address trans-boundary challenges. Eliminating wastewater discharges into our shared waterways, such as the Rio Grande, is a priority for the Bank. We hope to move quickly on construction of these two new projects for Nuevo Laredo."
The second project, totaling $35.5 million, will be partially funded by a $13.3 million loan from BECC-NADB and will improve the City of Nuevo Laredo's water and wastewater systems, construct storm water lines and will also pave and improve roads. An estimated 1,024 households will have access to first-time water services and, an estimated 5,116 households will have access to first-time wastewater services. These improvements will lessen the traffic congestion and pollution in Nuevo Laredo, important to the continuation of high trade volume with cities such as Laredo.