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Border 2020: The Texas-Tamaulipas-Nuevo Leon-Coahuila Regional Workgroup

The U.S.-Mexico Border 2020 Environmental Program has four Regional Workgroups. One of those is the Texas-Tamaulipas-Nuevo Leon-Coahuila Regional Workgroup (or "Four-State Regional Workgroup"), which has three sub-regional task forces.

The Texas/Tamaulipas/Nuevo León/Coahuila Regional Workgroup (often called the "Four-State Regional Workgroup") is one of four regional workgroups in the U.S.-Mexico Border 2020 Environmental Program (successor to Border 2012).  That program is a partnership among the U.S. EPA, Mexico’s SEMARNAT (counterpart to EPA), the ten border states in the two countries, and U.S. border tribes.

The Four-State Region extends from the Coahuila-Chihuahua border in Mexico (when that border reaches the Rio Grande, it is in the Big Bend area) eastward to the Gulf of Mexico.

As in other regions, the Four-State Regional Workgroup has four co-chairs: one from each of the two federal environmental agencies, and one from a state environmental agency on each side of the border.

Regional Co-Chairs

Federal Co-Chairs

United States

Sam Coleman, Deputy Regional Administrator, EPA/Region 6

 Sam Coleman
 Deputy Regional Administrator, 
 EPA/Region 6


Ing. Jesús González Macías, Federal Delegate for SEMARNAT </em><br /><em> in the State of Tamaulipas

 Ing. Jesús González Macías
 Federal Delegate for SEMARNAT
 in the State of Tamaulipas


State Co-Chairs

United States

Bryan W. Shaw, Ph.D., Chairman, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
 Bryan W. Shaw, Ph.D.
 Texas Commission on 
 Environmental Quality                                    


 Humberto René Salinas Treviño
 Secretary of Urban Development
 and the Environment,
 State of Tamaulipas



Biol. Eglantina Canales, Secretary of the Environment, State of Coahuila

 Biol. Eglantina Canales
 Secretary of the Environment, 
 State of Coahuila



Ing. Fernando Gutiérrez Moreno, Secretary of Sustainable Development, State of Nuevo León

 Ing. Fernando Gutiérrez Moreno
 Secretary of Sustainable Development, 
 State of Nuevo León


The Regional Workgroup's Task Forces

Because this is a large geographic region with numerous cities, it has been divided geographically into three task forces (see map):

The Amistad Task Force — Val Verde, Kinney, and Maverick Counties in Texas and the Municipios of Acuña and Piedras Negras in Coahuila

The Falcon Task Force — Webb and Zapata Counties in Texas, the Municipio of Nuevo Laredo in Tamaulipas, and the Municipios of Anáhuac and Sabinas Hidalgo in Nuevo León

The Gulf Task Force — Cameron, Hidalgo, Willacy, and Starr Counties in Texas and the Municipios of Matamoros, Valle Hermoso, Reynosa, Rio Bravo, Miguel Alemán, and Camargo in Tamaulipas

Each task force has co-leaders from both sides of the border and has committees that focus on specific environmental issues (water, waste, etc.). See each task force for additional information, including priorities and projects.

Progress Report on Two-Year Action Plan under Border 2020

Success Stories from the predecessor Border 2012 Program

Other Regional Information