POSTED: Friday, February 15, 2013 - 9:06am
UPDATED: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - 1:58pm
WASHINGTON, D.C. (KVEO NEWS CENTER 23) — Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) along with Congressmen Rubén Hinojosa, Pete Gallego and Filemon Vela have written letters to Mexico's newly appointed Ambassador to the U.S., Eduardo Medina Mora and to International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) Commissioner Edward Drusina asking Mexico to return water they have stored in Mexico to the Rio Grande River. The Congressmen have been contacted by officials from several border communities who, due to the long drought in Texas, are running out of water.
The letters written by the Congressmen state that under the 1944 Guadalupe Water Treaty, Mexico is obligated to provide water to the United States. To date, Mexico is significantly behind in their water payments.
"We are already facing immediate problems with our water supplies dwindling in Deep South Texas and we can no longer afford to wait," said U.S. Rep. Hinojosa (D-Mercedes). "We on the border have maintained a very good relationship with Mexico and we plan on keeping our close ties, we ask that they do the right thing and release the water that is owed to us and they do it quickly."
“This is the seventh year of our current drought, approaching the most severe drought in our state’s history,” said Congressman Cuellar (D-Laredo). “We must strengthen our relationship with Mexico by ensuring the precious resources of the Rio Grande are used responsibly maintained for future generations. Mexico has the responsibility to honor the terms of our agreement, and I look forward to our border communities being provided the water resources they need to continue their growth for years to come.”
“We have a long-standing relationship with our neighbors,” said Congressman Gallego (D-Alpine.) I look forward to working with the new Ambassador on a mutual resolution that benefits our communities.”
“These water deliveries are critical to farmers and communities throughout the Rio Grande Valley,” said Congressman Vela (D-Brownsville). “My hope is that we can get this matter resolved quickly, but without relief soon, many areas in my district will begin to go dry. It is time for the Mexican government to step up and follow through with their obligations, otherwise our communities will suffer.”
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