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Border 2020 Gulf Task Force

One of the three task forces of the Four-State Regional Workgroup in the binational Border 2020 Program is the Gulf Task Force, which includes the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas and the contiguous Mexican municipios. This task force currently has six subject-specific committees.


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The Gulf Task Force is one of three sub-regional groups in the Four-State Regional Workgroup in the U.S.-Mexico Border 2020 Environmental Program (successor to Border 2012), Exit TCEQ which is a partnership among the U.S. EPA, Mexico’s SEMARNAT (the counterpart to EPA), the ten border states in the two countries, and U .S. border tribes. The Gulf Task Force covers Cameron, Hidalgo, Willacy, and Starr Counties in Texas and the Municipios of Matamoros, Valle Hermosa, Reynosa, Miguel Alemán, Camargo, and Rio Bravo in Tamaulipas.


Gulf Task Force Co-Leaders


John Wood, Member, Cameron County Regional Mobility Authority, and Former County Commissioner

MVZ José Dolores Rodríguez Villarreal, Presidente Municipal, Río Bravo, Tamaulipas

John Wood
Member, Cameron County
Regional Mobility
Authority and Former County Commissioner

MVZ José Dolores Rodríguez Villarreal
Presidente Municipal, Río Bravo, Tamaulipas


Committees of the Gulf Task Force

The Gulf Task Force has the following five subject-specific committees. Each committee has a U.S. co-facilitator and a Mexican co-facilitator.

CommitteeU.S. Co-Facilitator(s)Mexican Co-Facilitator

Water Committee

Javier Santiago
City of McAllen

Ing. Oscar Gutierrez Santana
National Water Commission (CONAGUA)

Waste Committee

Joe Hinojosa
Environmental Services Dept., City of Brownsville

Mauricio Chalons
Ecology Department, Municipio of Reynosa

Environmental Education

Genny Carrillo, MD
Texas A&M Health Science Center, School of Rural Public Health, South Texas Center, McAllen

Beatriz Tapia, MD
University of Texas Health Science Center, Regional Academic Health Center, Harlingen

Alfredo Hassanille
Asociación de Maquiladoras de Matamoros, Tamaulipas

Nelly Lopez
Centro de Bachillerito Tecnológico Industrial y de Servicios, Río Bravo, Tamaulipas


Eddie Olivarez
Health Dept., Hidalgo County

MVZ Raul Terrazas Barraza
Health Dept., Tamaulipas

Emergency Preparedness

Ricardo Saldaña
Fire Dept., City of Mission

Ing. Manuel Montiel
Matamoros Maquiladora Association

The Gulf Task Force committees have met periodically, established their priorities related to the goals and objectives of the Border 2020 Program (successor to Border 2012), and developed projects to address those priorities.

Additional Information about the Gulf Task Force

Three Organizations from the Lower Grande Valley Win Statewide Awards

Three winners of the TCEQ's Environmental Excellence Awards in 2011 and 2012 have been from the Gulf Task Force area:

Other Information about the Border Region