Río Tijuana flows between Mexico and the United States with a length of 121 miles in the Pacific coast of Baja California and the south of California. Downstream, the water flows through Tijuana by a concrete canal all the way to the international border, west through the Rio Tijuana valley for five miles up to the estuary, flowing into the Pacific.
Tijuana has a deficit on green areas, reflecting ecological and social problems generated in the city. Therefore, it is necessary to reconnect the city with nature. A zone in the River does not have a concrete canal, it is recommended to restore it with native vegetation along 1 mile of the river course in an approximate area of 172 acres, starting at the curtain of the dam Abelardo L. Rodriguez and ending at the channeling of the river.
The aim of the Project is to improve the management of the basin, the exploration of alternatives for the sustainable management of water and the restoration of the coastal systems associated to the basin. In addition, the project has a bi-national vision which brings together the cooperation among the states of California and Baja California. There are civil society organizations and representatives of academia involved in this project, such as: Pronatura Noroeste, A.C., Tijuana Innovadora, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California (UABC), Colegio de la Frontera Norte (COLEF), Proyecto Fronterizo de Educación Ambiental, A.C.
Also, authorities of the three levels of government contribute to the restoration of Rio Tijuana: State Commission of Public Services of Tijuana (CESPT), Secretariat of Infrastructure and Urban Development (SIDUE), Secretariat of Environment Protection (SPA), Tijuana City Council, National Water Commission (CONAGUA).