Fall 2011 - 61090 - PA680PA - Policy Research Project
Water Quality Management in the Lower Rio Grande / Rio Bravo
|Instructor(s):|| Eaton, David J.
|Day & Time:||T 2:00 - 5:00 pm|
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The Rio Grande/Rio Bravo river that constitutes the Texas/Mexico border for 2012 kilometers is one of the most over-appropriated rivers in the US. The river appears on many of the “worst US river” lists because the water quality in some segments does not meet Mexican, Texas or US ambient water quality criteria. As the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo is a border river, neither the US/Texas alone nor Mexico alone can ‘control’ water quality. Three excellent bilateral organizations exist to help Texas and its four bordering Mexican states (Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas): the International Boundary and Water Commission (established under a 1944 treaty) and two institutions created by the North American Free Trade Agreement: the Border Environmental Cooperation Commission and the North American Development Bank. Water quality in Texas is the domain of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Mexican Water quality standards are enforced by the Commission Nacional de Agua.
- develop a list of institutions and analyze their official roles concerned with water quality along the border;
- conduct and report on interviews of representatives of stakeholder institutions;
- convene a stakeholders water quality forum;
- shoot and edit a documentary film;
- propose cost-effective, sustainable and appropriate actions to improve water quality in the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo shared between Nuevo Laredo and the Gulf of Mexico; and
- provide a written report developed from stakeholders preference to improve water quality.