agricultural runoff, and industrial and hazardous waste pollution... All streams and rivers in the border region have suffered deterioration of water quality due to the lack of adequate municipal wastewater collection and treatment systems. The current infrastructure deficit is enormous, and the added demand created by growing populations will be significant."
(SCERP report, May 1999)
"Contamination of the Rio Grande River during NAFTA has been well documented. Extensive testing has revealed that extreme fecal contamination leaves border residents at risk for Hepatitis A. According to the Texas Department of Health, since NAFTA went into effect the Hepatitis A rate for Cameron County shot up from 17.8 per 100,000 residents to 87.4 per 100,000 an increase of almost 400%. The Hepatitis A rate for Maverick County increased by 122% since 1993. Webb County's rate also increased by 78%."
(NAFTA at 5, Global Trade Watch)
"According to the EPA, border area residents are exposed to health-threatening levels of air pollutants, including carbon monoxide. The following US border areas exceed ambient air quality standards: El Paso, TX; Dona Ana County, NM; Imperial County, CA; San Diego, CA; Douglas, AZ; Nogales and Yuma, AZ."