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Drought Sparks Water Supply Revolt on US-Mexico Border
Dr. Jorge I. Dominguez is a Latin American scholar with a focus on economics and foreign affairs. At Harvard University, Dr. Jorge Dominguez bought focus to trade between the United States and Mexico.

A recent flashpoint on the arid US-Mexican border centers on the water supply in Chihuahua and Texas. Under a bilateral treaty in place since 1944, the Rio Grande and the Colorado River flow is shared between the two countries. Unfortunately, Chihuahua, which provides the bulk of Mexican water under this treaty, has experienced its driest year in three decades..This has caused an account deficit, with Mexico required under treaty terms to send more water to the United States to make up for it.

As a result, local farmers, fearing a lost harvest, have revolted and taken control of the La Boquilla Dam near Delicias. At the same time, they blocked a major train route that transports industrial goods between the two countries.

The Mexican National Water Commission has urged the farmers to relent, claiming they can meet 60 percent of their water needs for the upcoming year with water in the dam. In the meantime, both sides hope for heavy winter rains to end the drought.
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