USIBWC Seeks Applicants for Citizens Forum Board in San Diego

The United States Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission (USIBWC) is seeking applicants to serve on the USIBWC Citizens Forum Board. The purpose of the Citizens Forum is to promote the exchange of information between the USIBWC and the community about Commission projects and related activities in San Diego County, California.

The Commission is responsible for applying the boundary and water treaties between the United States and Mexico and settling differences that arise in the application of the treaties. The Commission is the official entity that determines the location of the international boundary and demarcates the boundary by erecting and maintaining monuments along the land boundary and demarcation plaques and traffic buttons at the ports of entry. In San Diego County, the USIBWC operates the South Bay International Wastewater Treatment Plant and the Tijuana River Flood Control Project. The Commission also conducts various studies and engages in planning regarding water resources along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The Citizens Forum is intended to bring together community members, enabling the early and continued two-way flow of information, concerns, values, and needs between the USIBWC and the general public, water users, environmentalists, government agencies, municipalities, etc. The Board will conduct regular public meetings, approximately four times per year, to discuss plans and issues related to ongoing and future USIBWC projects and related activities. Meetings will be held in San Diego County.

Applications are available by clicking here. Application forms may be requested by contacting Lori Kuczmanski at [email protected] or 915-832-4106, or from the USIBWC’s San Diego Field Office at 619-662-7600. The deadline to submit your application is January 16, 2018. “Even if the applications arrive a few days later, the commission will still consider the applicant,” said Lori Kuczmanski, the commission’s public affairs officer.

Board members to the Citizens Forum will be selected by the USIBWC in consideration of the agency’s interest in encouraging participation by diverse interests and individuals and organizations most likely to be directly affected by USIBWC activities.

Additional information about the USIBWC is available at: https://www.ibwc.gov/home.html

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Originally from upstate New York, Dani Schwartz has lived in Coronado since 1996. She and her husband Harry are thrilled to call Coronado home and raise their two children here. In her free time enjoys reading, hitting the gym and walking her dog around the “island”.

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