A surprising amount of groundwater exists below the United States-Mexico border, and until recently, little data was known about the location of these shared water sources and how they are managed by each country.
This month’s txH2O highlight focuses on projects led by an interdisciplinary group of Texas A&M University System researchers. These projects aimed to study and map the quantity, movement and management of these waters to lead to a better understanding of their governance.
Some of their research efforts, however, were complicated by differences in language and methodology between the two countries.
The ultimate goal was to construct one comprehensive map that detailed the location of groundwater on both sides of the border.
The group also planned to develop science-based recommendations to improve joint management and governance of the shared groundwater resources to promote cooperation between the two countries.