In 2003-2004, the International Community Foundation received grants from the California Coastal Conservancy and U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency for an erosion control and stormwater
management feasibility project in Cañon Los Laureles, Tijuana,
Baja California, México. This canyon drains directly in
the Tijuana Estuary – a protected wetland and salt marsh
area that is being negatively affected by sediment, debris, and
trash from Cañon Los Laureles.
Phase One of this project was carried out by Instituto Municipal de Planeación (IMPlan) and Instituto Mexicano de Tecnología de Agua (IMTA) – a technical diagnostic of the demography, ecology, hydrology, geology, and institutional and legal framework that exist in the canyon. A final draft of the diagnostic was completed in November 2004; the full document was published in spring 2005.
Phase Two-Small Grants Program
Phase Two began in January 2005 – a small grants program that will fund community-based pilot projects to address various aspects of erosion control and stormwater management in Cañon Los Laureles.
To read the executive summary
in Spanish/ Para leer el resumen ejecutivo haga click aquí
To read the recommendations
in Spanish/ Para leer las recomendaciones haga click aquí
KPBS News about Los Laureles Canyon (March 13, 2006)
IMPlan has completed its master plan for Los Laureles Canyon. A recent presentation can be downloaded here (June 2006)
Focus of cross-border agreement is cleanup of canyon in Tijuana
Rapid Growth, Border Fence Threaten Fragile Tijuana Estuary