Rio Grande International Study Center

Location: Laredo, Texas

The Rio Grande International Study Center (RGISC) is the only environmental justice nonprofit in Webb County and has been since 1994. RGISC’s mission is to preserve and protect the Rio Grande-Rio Bravo, its watershed, and its environment, through awareness, advocacy, research, education, stewardship, and bi-national collaboration for the benefit of present and future generations. A fundamental piece of their work has centered on shifting the narrative and perception of the border from one that is largely negative to one that is locally driven and that celebrates our unique bicultural, bilingual identity and demonstrates that the border IS beautiful. RGISC’s work demands that decision-makers fund our future, and that community members believe that we deserve and are worthy of large-scale investments and sustainable infrastructure funding.

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