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Report: Lower Rio Grande Is One of Nation’s Most Endangered Rivers, Border Wall is Reason Why

An environmental group released a report this week ranking the lower Rio Grande as one of the country’s most endangered river systems. The reason why: President Trump’s proposed border wall.

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For El Paso and Ciudad Juarez, Managing Scarce Water is Critical

The cities share a border, and the Rio Grande as a source of drinking water.

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Federal government may fight alongside Texas in water dispute, U.S. Supreme Court rules

The ruling is an apparent victory for Texas in a legal battle that has dragged on for more than five years. The states are bickering over the distribution of water from the Rio Grande. Those allocations are laid out in … Continue reading

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Study Shows Arsenic in Rio Grande Aquifer System

A study released earlier this month by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) found that water in the Rio Grande Aquifer System—which runs through Colorado, New Mexico, and West Texas—has high concentrations of some harmful minerals. The mineral found in the … Continue reading

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With Lack of Details, Border Landowners Contemplate What a Wall Would Mean

This story was originally broadcast on a special episode of the Texas Standard called “The Wall”, an hour-long look at the prospect for an expanded border wall under the incoming Trump Administration. Gov. Greg Abbott has described parts of the muddy … Continue reading

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How a Freshwater Mussel Could Cause Water Woes in Texas

If you want to find Texas Hornshell Mussels, look in freshwater river basins in New Mexico, Texas and south of the Rio Grande. But you can also find them in the middle of a legal battle. Last week the U.S. Fish and … Continue reading

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Victor Valdez, the Singing Man of Boquillas, Dies

An iconic figure of the West Texas borderlands has died. Victor Valdez of Boquillas, Mexico was beloved by many for his singing that often welcomed visitors to his small town on the Rio Grande. He was a lifelong resident of … Continue reading

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Presidio, Texas: Border Town Pins Hopes For Economy On Its Strategic Location

PRESIDIO, Texas —The area around the present town of Presidio on the Rio Grande, known as La Junta de los Ríos, is believed to be the oldest continuously cultivated farmland in Texas. About 1500 B.C. indigenous corn farmers settled here … Continue reading

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Skirting The Law To Survive On The Rio Grande

CANDELARIA, Texas — The United States and Mexico are pouring money into a showcase experiment to rescue damaged economies on the Texas-Mexico border. But that experiment only involves two towns, Boquillas in Mexico and the community of visitors and National … Continue reading

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Federal Project Seeks To Transfer Water From Lawns To River Banks

ANTHONY, N.M. — Every year the Rio Grande surrenders its waters for human use. The river is entirely brokered away to water crops and supply homes. As a result, plants and animals native to the river are struggling to survive. … Continue reading

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