The U.S.-Mexico Environmental Program (Border 2012) is a collaborative effort between the United States and Mexico to improve the environment and protect the health of the nearly 12 million people living along the border. The binational program focuses on cleaning the air, providing safe drinking water, reducing the risk of exposure to hazardous waste, and ensuring emergency preparedness along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Border 2012 is a results-oriented program that takes a "bottom-up" approach to addressing the environmental and public health needs of the border region. Issues and projects are identified and implemented at the local level. The program encourages stakeholder involvement through a variety of opportunities, and provides funding for projects that meet the objectives of the program. As part of its mission, the ADEQ-OBEP office supports EPA Border 2012 projects and goals.