SAN DIEGO — EPA announced more than $8.6 million in grants will be awarded to fund environmental improvement projects along the U.S.–Mexico border, according to a press release.

The funds were awarded in partnership with the North American Development Bank and the Border Environment Cooperation Commission to advance commitments in the U.S.–Mexico environmental collaboration known as the Border 2020 Program, stated the release.

The release reported that the grants are in addition to seven environmental improvement projects announced earlier this year along the California and Arizona U.S-Mexico border, which leveraged an additional $425,500 from the recipient organizations.

“Water, waste and environmental health concerns cross national boundaries, and environmental solutions benefit communities on both sides of our shared border,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “Border environment projects have already benefitted eight million border residents, providing 63,000 homes with first-time drinking water service and 569,000 homes with first-time wastewater services.”

Read the entire release here.