Lucio III, Eddie
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 02/22/2013
REP. LUCIO FILES HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 55 REQUESTING FEDERAL SUPPORT
REP. LUCIO FILES HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 55 REQUESTING FEDERAL SUPPORT REGARDING MEXICO'S WATER DEBT WITH TEXAS
State Rep. Eddie Lucio III filed a concurrent resolution yesterday urging the State Department and the International Boundary and Water Commission to take actions necessary to compel Mexico to reconcile their water debt with Texas. To date, Mexico owes Texas in excess of 390,000 acre-feet of water in the current five-year cycle which began in 2010. If repaid, the water owed to Texas could supply Texas cities along the mid and lower Rio Grande River for a year and a half.
Rep. Lucio sees compliance with 1944 Treaty as the lowest hanging fruit to alleviate Rio Grande Valley water needs. "This Session we are deciding how to create new water supply," said Rep. Lucio. "It would be irresponsible of this body if we did not pursue water that is already in the system."
Some irrigation districts in the Lower Rio Grande Valley will run out of irrigation water by the middle of this year if drought conditions do not improve or Mexico does not comply with the delivery schedule. "I recognize that drought knows no political boundaries and our friends in Mexico suffer just as we do; however, Mexico has an obligation to deliver water to Rio Grande River that is rightfully ours," said Rep Lucio.
In concert with this resolution, Rep. Lucio and a delegation of Rio Grande water experts are planning a trip to Washington D.C. to meet with the Rio Grande Members of Congress and State Department officials to discuss the matter further. "The intent of our trip is to explain the level of effort the State of Texas is putting into the future of water in Texas in hopes that the federal government will do its part in ensuring that same future," said Rep Lucio.
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