November 16, 2001

Boundary and Water Commission Forming a South Bay Citizens' Forum

The United States of the International Boundary and Water Commission (USIBWC) is undertaking the development of a South Bay Citizens' Forum (SBCF) for the exchange of information regarding USIBWC activities in San Diego County, California. All SBCF meetings will be open to the public and will act as a focal point for the exchange of information between the USIBWC and the local community regarding ongoing and future USIBWC projects in the area.

The SBCF 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, environmentalists, government agencies, municipalities, etc. It is expected that the SBCF Board will consist of 10 to 12 members representing diverse interests. The Board will meet regularly, at least four times per year, to discuss plans and issues related to ongoing and future USIBWC projects.

Members of the community are invited and encouraged to attend the inaugural meeting of the SBCF on November 27, 2001. At this meeting you will learn about the purpose of the SBCF, membership opportunities and responsibilities, and will be given an overview and update on USIBWC projects in the area. An agenda is enclosed for your information. Community Interest Packages, which contains SBCF membership applications, will be available at the inaugural meeting and on the IBWC website at www.ibwc.state.gov. The inaugural meeting will be held at the following time and address: Tuesday, November 27, 7:00 p.m. at Southwest High School, 1685 Hollister Street, San Ysidro, CA.

If you have questions about the USIBWC South Bay Citizens' Forum or are interested in applying for Forum Board membership, forms may be obtained by contacting: Sally Spener, Public Affairs Officer, Tel. 915-832-4175, sallyspener@ibwc.state.gov. or USIBWC San Diego Projects Office. Phone: 619-662-7600.

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