Agriculture Commissioner Pushes For Action In Water War With Mexico

Outlet: Texas Public Radio

June 11, 2013

The Texas Agriculture Commissioner is pushing congressional leaders to suspend contracts with Mexico if the country doesn’t release water owed to Texas farmers and ranchers. Mexico is required to release 1.8 million acre-feet of water every five years to the U.S. from six tributaries that feed into the Rio Grande. In exchange, the U.S. delivers water from the Colorado River to Mexico, but under the current agreement Mexico has left South Texas farmers dry, owing the state over 350,000 acre-feet of water.

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