SOUTH TEXAS - Mexico has agreed to release a small amount
of water into the Rio Grande River for U.S. consumption. U.S. officials have
been calling on our neighbor to the south due to the worsening drought
Officials from the U.S. side of the border agree that the
water from Mexico will do little to ease worries here in the Valley.
Water coming from a reservoir on Mexico's San Rodrigo
River entered the Rio Grande ear El Moral. The exact amount of water released
Irrigation District Number 9's manager Jo Jo White calls
the gesture a joke and an insult; White adds it is not even a drop in the
Delta Irrigation District Manager Troy Allen worries
farmers and cities will get the wrong idea. Allen says, "My fear is with
this article is that the farmers and the municipalities are going to think that
our problems are solved and they're not. This really didn't solve anything. To
me it just made things worse."
A spokesperson with the International Boundary and Water Commission
calls the release from Mexico "small."
In a letter sent to valley congressmen yesterday the
I.B.W.C. says the have made several proposals to Mexico for immediate water
deliveries to the U.S.
They say the response from Mexico has been slower than