Texas and Mexico made for good mentors, since they have had to overcome geopolitical antagonism of their own to make sure the water kept flowing in the homes, businesses, and farms of their people.
More precisely, Ed Drusina, a Texan and the head of the US International Boundary and Water Commission at the time, had found a way to work closely with Roberto Salmón, the IBWC’s Mexico commissioner. They were both charged with negotiating the use of Rio Grande water, which is rapidly succumbing to the effects of climate change, to benefit their respective countries. They drank whiskey together, shared plates of mole at the Red Iguana in Salt Lake City, Utah, and sometimes even traveled together to meetings in the Middle East. Their spouses were friends.