While it does not solve dire drought conditions for Rio Grande Valley farmers or problems associated with an international water dispute between Mexico and the United States, water is once again rapidly running down the lower Rio Grande River -- at least for the next few days -- bringing some relief to parched South Texas cities and irrigation districts.

Water levels in the lower river are near flood stage this week in fact, but Texas and U.S. officials are quick to point out the emergency release of waters upstream does not affect water owed by Mexico according to a treaty agreement, and the increased flow will not bring any real lasting benefit to farmers and ranchers in South Texas.

Meanwhile, pressure continues to build on U.S. officials who are being encouraged to step up the pressure on Mexico to secure the release of additional water Texas and Rio Grande Valley officials say is owed to the United States according to the terms of a 1944 Water Treaty between the two nations.

The Texas House of Representatives voted formally last week to petition the State Department to step up their efforts to pressure Mexican officials to release water from reservoirs in Northern Mexico as guaranteed by the treaty. The group joins U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, a number of U.S. Congressmen from South Texas and leaders from Rio Grande Valley cities and irrigation districts who have also asked for intervention from the U.S. State Department.

The vote came just hours after Texas Gov. Rick Perry sent a written request to the White House asking President Obama to personally intercede on behalf of South Texans who are suffering near-critical water shortages as a result of two years of drought.