Mayor Participates in Environmental Forum


On August 24, Mayor Pete Saenz, along with the Mayor from Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Carmen Lilia Canturosas Villarreal, participated in the North American Development Bank’s (NADBank) U.S.-Mexico Border Environmental Forum XXVI in San Antonio, Texas. Image courtesy of the City of Laredo
On August 24, Mayor Pete Saenz, along with the Mayor from Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Carmen Lilia Canturosas Villarreal, participated in the North American Development Bank’s (NADBank) U.S.-Mexico Border Environmental Forum XXVI in San Antonio, Texas. Image courtesy of the City of Laredo

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LAREDO, Texas — On August 24, Mayor Pete Saenz, along with the Mayor from Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas Carmen Lilia Canturosas Villarreal, participated in the North American Development Bank’s (NADBank) U.S.-Mexico Border Environmental Forum XXVI in San Antonio, Texas. This forum brings local and state officials, private sector developers, large commercial users, and others to learn and discuss topics such as binational relationships between the U.S. and Mexico, development of projects that help the environment, technological improvements, and financing opportunities. During the forum, Mayor Saenz also met with U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, Ken Salazar, and Ambassador of Mexico to the U.S., Esteban Moctezuma Barragan. 

Both Mayors participated in a panel emphasizing, among other topics, the urgent need to increase binational collaboration between border cities to address the ongoing historic drought. During this session, they also promoted the much anticipated Binational River Conservation project. This international project is a first of its kind with main objectives of increasing the quality and quantity of river water through ecological and environmental restoration. The project area consists of 1,000 acres on both sides of a 6.2 miles stretch of the Rio Grande.  As recently approved by the Laredo City Council, the City has now moved to Stage 2 of the Drought Contingency Plan, as well as quickly implementing the recycling of treated water to support the City’s conservation efforts and securing a state funded regional secondary water source to meet the current growing needs of Laredo, as soon as possible.

Image courtesy of the City of Laredo

“As many border cities are living through this drought, we must continue to ask our constituents to conserve and do their part,” states Mayor Pete Saenz. “We also face threats from invasive growing plants, such as the carrizo cane and salt cedar, that need to be eradicated from the river’s banks. These plants consume water resources that are detrimental to our conservation efforts. With a grand focus on enhancing quality and quantity of water in the Rio Grande, we will continue to work with our sister city to restore our main source of water.”

Image courtesy of the City of Laredo

Mayor Saenz attended NADBank’s U.S.-Mexico Border Environmental Forum in 2021, where he first met Ambassador Moctezuma Barragan and discussed Port Laredo’s achievements as well as goals to increase binational well-being and image.



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