The city of Calexico Redevelopment Agency recently made the decision to spend $150,000 on a cost-analysis for the cleaning, lining and covering of the New River. It's a costly move, but it appears to be a wise one.
To spend money on a measure to increase public safety and protect public health is a good idea and a proper use of RDA funds.
While it is a first step, all action to bring change has to start somewhere. We credit the Calexico City Council, which functions as the RDA board, for taking that first step. Often officials cannot simply wait for the state or federal government to make things happen, and we have been waiting on the feds to do something about the nasty New River for at least a half century.
The New River is a menace in that its water is filled with toxins that are harmful to people and wildlife. Calexico feels the negative effects of the river more than other cities in the Valley because of its proximity to Mexico, where the river starts. The river has a chance to aerate and be filtered, but naturally and artificially, as it heads north through the Valley. It is sensible to at least line and cover the river as it moves though Calexico.