The Texas Water Journal invited The Honorable Jayne Harkins, P.E., U.S. Commissioner for the International Boundary and Water Commission, to share her thoughts on water deliveries from Mexico to the Rio Grande in a commentary titled, “Commentary: Fact vs. Fiction on Rio Grande Deliveries.”
Water deliveries from Mexico are governed by two treaties, one from 1906 and one from 1944. As of September 28, Mexico is required to deliver 294,703 acre-feet of water by October 24, 2020, which is the end of the five-year cycle. In the commentary, Commissioner Harkins addresses a series of misconceptions about the water deliveries, including about the rules of the treaties, where the water could come from and the water quality of potential deliveries.
Commissioner Harkins was appointed by President Donald Trump in 2018. As commissioner, she serves as head of the U.S. Section of the Commission, overseeing personnel in twelve offices along the U.S.-Mexico border and in Washington, DC. The Commission is responsible for applying the boundary and water treaties between the two countries.
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