It wasn't just the lack of rainfall that cost some growers a successful year. Back in Deep South Texas, Mexican water officials are being blamed for failing to deliver water according to terms of a long standing international water treaty.

The implications and aggravation of a serious and spiraling water shortage in the border region represented the latest in growing tensions between the people and cultures of two nations. By late spring, Valley communities were being told the serious water crisis there could force city water departments to run out of water before summer's end. There was virtually no irrigation water for citrus growers and farmers could only rely on dryland crops for almost all of the growing season.

With two years of ongoing drought and water treaty issues with Mexico, it's no surprise that planted crop acres are down as cattle herds continue to shrink across South Texas, forcing lawmakers, community leaders, and representatives of business and industry to contemplate the impossible—life on the frontier without enough water to sustain it.

According to the 69-year old water treaty between the two countries, Mexico is required to release water from the Rio Conchos in exchange for water released from the Pecos River basin by the United States. To be specific, according to Texas water officials, Mexico is required to release 1.75 million acre-feet of water to the U.S. over a five-year cycle. Many Texas and U.S. lawmakers are saying the treaty calls for the release of a minimum of 350,000 acre feet of water each year of the five-year cycle.

As 2013 comes to a close, South Texas farms and ranches are still waiting for water deliveries that seem to never come.