AUSTIN, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Commissioner Carlos Rubinstein have outlined actions needed to have Mexico release water owed to Texas.
A call-to-action report, titled "Addressing Mexico's Water Deficit to the United States," which details specific actions the IBWC should take to get Mexico to release water into the Rio Grande river that is owed to Texas.
The Agricultural production in the Valley relies on irrigation water and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service estimates the lack of the water has cost over $200 million in crop revenues causing an estimated $394 million loss in economic output for the region and the loss of up to 4,800 jobs.
As Texas continues in drought conditions, the impact of the lack of water for farmers and residents in South Texas has resulted in 10 cities having to conserve and restrict water use.
According to the 1944 bi-national Water Management Treaty, Mexico is required to release one third of the water from its Rio Grande reservoirs to the U.S. for agricultural and municipal use.
To view and read the report visit : http://www.texasagriculture.gov/Portals/0/forms/COMM/Water%20Debt.pdf