“Agriculture in the Rio Grande Valley depends on adequate and reliable irrigation water deliveries,” the mill said in a press release. “For over 30 years, farmers in South Texas have been battling with Mexico’s failure to comply with the provisions of the 1944 Water Treaty between the U.S. and Mexico that governs water sharing between the two nations on the Colorado River and the Lower Rio Grande.”
Mexico is obligated to deliver an average of 350,000 acre-feet annually over the defined five-year cycles outlined in the treaty.
Currently, Mexico owes over 736,000 acre-feet of water. Of the 1,113,288 acre-feet of water owed to the U.S. this cycle, Mexico has only delivered 376,915 acre-feet.
Many water districts in the Lower Rio Grande Valley have no irrigation water allocated for farmers in the area, and the situation is made worse by the ongoing drought conditions.
“For over 25 years, the U.S. State Department’s unwillingness to prioritize the citizens and agricultural producers of South Texas has led to numerous water shortages for our area,” the mill said.