Friday, 04 November 2011 14:03
MERCEDES — The United States Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission (USIBWC) is seeking applications from community members interested in participating in the Lower Rio Grande Citizens Forum (LRGCF).
The LRGCF was established in 2003 to facilitate the exchange of information between the USIBWC and members of the public about Commission activities in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas.
The commission is responsible for applying the boundary and water treaties between the United States and Mexico. Commission responsibilities in the Lower Rio Grande Valley include maintenance of Rio Grande flood control levees and diversion dams, water quality monitoring, boundary demarcation at international bridges, water accounting related to Rio Grande water that Mexico delivers to the United States as required by treaty, and review of plans to construct new infrastructure across or along the Rio Grande to ensure compliance with applicable treaties, among other activities. Notably, during 2010 following Hurricane Alex and Tropical Depression No. 2, the Commission operated the Lower Rio Grande Flood Control Project to protect the community from Rio Grande floodwaters.