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Border 2020's Gulf Task Force

One of the three task forces of the Four-State Regional Workgroup in the binational Border 2020 Program, the Gulf Task Force includes the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas and the contiguous Mexican municipios. This task force currently has four 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 ProgramExit the TCEQ (successor to Border 2012), 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
John Wood
Commissioner, Port of Brownsville,

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.

Committee U.S. Co-Facilitator(s) Mexican Co-Facilitator

Water Committee

Vacant position

Arkelao López
JAD, Matamoros

Waste Committee

Art Rodriguez
Health Dept., City of Brownsville

Mauricio Chalons Salazar
Ecology Department, Municipio of Reynosa

Environmental Health and
Environmental Education

Beatriz Tapia
UT Health Science Center San Antonio, Regional Academic Health Center in Harlingen

Alfredo Hassanille
Asociación de Maquiladoras de Matamoros, Tamaulipas

Emergency Preparedness

Ricardo Saldaña
Fire Dept., City of Mission

Vacant position

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:

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