Congressman Vela pushing Mexico to release water promised in treaty

Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 8:03am

U.S. Congressman Filemon Vela says he is upset that South Texas is not getting water from Mexico, promised under the 1944 water treaty with the country.

With the current drought conditions, the water is critical and mandatory, Congressman Vela says he has been working with State Representative Eddie Lucio III and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to get the State Department and International Boundary and Water Commission to push Mexico to the give us the much needed water.

As of now, Vela says the State Department is not doing their job, "Every year Mexico is supposed to deliver 350,000 acres feet of water, we are two and half years into the treaty and they are over 400,000 acre feet behind. All we are asking is for the State Department to make sure that they do the right thing and even it up."

Vela says he spoke to a farmer, in Donna, who says the lack of water has driven his costs for equipment and feed up so much that he may need to sell his herd.

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