Conservation Matters February 2015

The Texas Land, Water and Wildlife Connection

Don’t miss new Texas Water Journal issue

By Kathy Wythe

Don’t miss new Texas Water Journal issue

An invited commentary by the chairman of the Texas Water Development Board on the Texas-Mexico water treaty and an article on the Rincon Bayou Pipeline on the Lower Nueces Delta are the first two articles in the 2015 issue of the Texas Water Journal.

The online, peer-reviewed journal is published jointly by the Texas Water Resources Institute and The Texas Water Journal, a nonprofit organization.

In his commentary, The price Texas pays for Mexico’s water debt, Carlos Rubinstein outlines the history of the governance of the Rio Grande and the water treaty of 1944, which provides for allocations of waters in the lower reach of the Rio Grande. He documents the impacts of Mexico’s failure to comply with the treaty, beginning in the 1990s.

Authors Erin Hill of the Center for Coastal Studies at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, Jace Tunnell of the Coastal Bend Bays and Estuary Program and Brien Nicolau of the Center for Coastal Studies published Spatial and temporal effects of the Rincon Bayou Pipeline on hypersaline conditions in the Lower Nueces Delta, Texas, USA. The paper documents the effects of pumped freshwater to the Rincon Bayou Channel. According to the authors, the results of this new and innovative way of delivering freshwater to the Nueces Delta has proved to be a valuable management tool for minimizing the duration of hypersaline conditions within the estuary.

The journal’s editorial board accepts papers about Texas water resources management and policy issues from a multidisciplinary perspective that integrates science, engineering, law, planning and other disciplines. To read the journal, visit texaswaterjournal.org.

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