“Flirting With Disaster”: How You Can Help!

We need to call for action!

Tell these contacts that you want to see the International Outfall Interceptor (IOI) fixed—and soon! Feel free to use the “Talking Points” below in your communications.

Senator John McCain:
https://www.mccain.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/casework-form (you can copy/paste points below onto this online form in “message” box)
Tucson office: (520) 670-6334

Senator Jeff Flake:
https://www.flake.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact-jeff
(also an online form where you can copy/paste points below)
Tucson office: (520) 575-8633

Congressman Raul Grijalva:
https://grijalva.house.gov/email-raul
Tucson office: (520) 622-6788

City of Nogales Mayor Doyle:
http://www.nogalesaz.gov/Mayor-John-Doyle/
Office: (520) 285-5602

International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC)
Public affairs office: Lori Kuczmanski (915) 832-4106

 

Talking Points

  • Binational sewage pipe (“IOI”) through Ambos Nogales needs repair SOON.
  • If the IOI breaks, the whole population of Nogales, Arizona will be exposed to raw sewage and industrial waste since it is downstream of Nogales, Sonora and the IOI runs right through the city.
  • Plans are already in place for a partial fix (“cure-in-place pipe”); it only needs funding to proceed.
  • Nogales, AZ is a small, poor city that uses only a small part of the IOI; most of the sewage in the IOI is Mexican.
  • Nogales, Sonora has serious drainage problems that need IBWC intervention to fix so erosion damage to border infrastructure like the IOI is minimized.
  • The IBWC’s job is to protect our border environment, and Congress needs to fund it so it can do its job to protect Americans from real border threats.

Download a .pdf with all the details!

For more information, be sure to watch FOSCR’s video on this issue, “Flirting With Disaster.” You can also contact Friends of the Santa Cruz River at foscriver@gmail.com with any questions or updates.

 

Please let us know if you contact any of the above, and thank you!

FOSCR’s New Video: “Flirting with Disaster”

Flirting With Disaster: Eroding Sewer Pipe Threatens Santa Cruz River

The International Outfall Interceptor (the “IOI”) sewage pipe is in danger of rupturing, spewing raw sewage and industrial waste over the poor border city of Nogales, Arizona, and into the Santa Cruz River watershed. The Federal government needs to fix the problem, caused by years of neglect, overuse, and sediment flows largely from across the border in Nogales, Mexico.

To draw attention to the major international issue, FOSCR has commissioned a video, Flirting With Disaster.”

Critical Issues:

  • Binational sewage pipe (“IOI”) through Ambos Nogales needs repair SOON!
  • If the IOI breaks, the whole population of Nogales, Arizona will be exposed to raw sewage and industrial waste since it is downstream of Nogales, Sonora and the IOI runs right through the city.
  • Plans are already in place for a partial fix (“cure-in-place pipe”). They only need the funds released to proceed.
  • Nogales, AZ is a small, poor city that uses only a small part of the IOI and most of sewage in IOI is Mexican.
  • Nogales, Sonora has serious drainage problems that need IBWC intervention to fix so erosion damage to border infrastructure like the IOI is minimized.
  • It is the International Boundary and Water Commission’s (IBWC) job to protect our border environment. Congress needs to fund it so it can do its job to protect Americans from real border threats.

How You Can Help:

1. Please share this video with your friends and on social media!
2. Contact these public officials. Feel free to use the “Critical Issues” above as your talking points.

For questions or assistance, contact Friends of the Santa Cruz River at foscriver@gmail.com.