Arroyo Alamar is a binational river that starts in the United States, where it is known as Arroyo Campo and Cottonwood. It crosses into Mexico through Tecate, then travels to Tijuana. It is part of the Tijuana River Estuary, one of the 21 wetlands of international importance named by the RAMSAR Convention.
Starting in 2011, EHC/collective began a campaign to save what remained of the Alamar River from becoming a polluted concrete cannel. Thanks to this effort, in 2015, the federal government and the State of Baja California signed an agreement to implement a project that promotes the sustainable management of the Alamar forest.
To further protect this last section of the natural river, we are petitioning the Mexican Government to declare the Arroyo Alamar a protected natural area. This declaration would guarantee the protection of its ecosystem. It would also help protect the health of the neighboring communities that have been severely impacted by the maquiladora industry.