Rio Grande water quality and flood control on agenda for May 14th public meeting
WESLACO, TX — The results of Rio Grande water quality monitoring and the status of Rio Grande flood control levee construction will be discussed at the next public meeting of the Lower Rio Grande Citizens Forum. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, May 14, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m., at the Texas A & M Research and Extension Center, 2415 E. Business 83, Weslaco, Texas 78596. The United States Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission (USIBWC) established the Lower Rio Grande Citizens Forum to promote the exchange of information between the USIBWC and members of the public about Commission activities and related issues in the Lower Rio Grande Valley.
USIBWC Environmental Protection Specialist Leslie Grijalva will discuss the water quality of the Rio Grande in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. The USIBWC Texas Clean Rivers Program collects water quality information throughout the river basin. Ms. Grijalva will discuss bacteria and salinity, monitoring activities, outreach activities, and both ongoing and future projects in the Lower Rio Grande Valley affecting water quality.
In other business, USIBWC Civil Engineer Ramon F. Navarro will give a presentation about the USIBWC's Lower Rio Grande levee rehabilitation projects in Hidalgo and Cameron Counties, Texas. The presentation will provide an update on the status of levees under construction and will cover projects planned for the future. The USIBWC is rehabilitating its levees to meet standards established by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Communities protected by levee systems accredited by FEMA benefit from both enhanced flood protection and better rates on flood insurance.
The presentation will also include information on navigating the USIBWC's website to access maps depicting the status of levee improvement projects. These status maps delineate the different projects along the existing Rio Grande levee system with labeled, color-coded lines. The maps include a table, which reports the status of these projects.
The maps are available at: http://www.ibwc.gov/GIS_Maps/levee-rehab-status_tabbed.html
A complete meeting agenda follows.