With thirsty, knee-high corn, cotton and sorghum cropping up across the Rio Grande Valley, the focus moves from getting seed into the ground to orchestrating weed, pest, and water management strategies to help the plants survive what promises to be another punishing South Texas summer.

The need for additional water tops the list of concerns across the region for city and county leaders, Valley farmers and ranchers in South Texas, and state and local water officials who expect much hotter and drier times are coming.

Across the Lower Rio Grande Valley (LRGV), when talk turns to hot summers and water shortages, the 1944 International Water Treaty between the U.S. and Mexico pops up. Apparently, most South Texans believe Mexico is slow to deliver water to the Valley as agreed in the terms of the treaty. Almost every town council and commissioner’s court in the Valley have passed resolutions calling for U.S. State Department officials and the Obama Administration to pressure Mexico into fulfilling its water payment obligations.

State and local water officials have set a date for a special media event designed to explain the terms and requirements of the treaty as part of an effort to inform the community of the serious threat non-compliance poses for the Valley's economy and standard of living.

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State Representative Eddie Lucio III and Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) Chairman Carlos Rubinstein will host the public information session beginning at 10:30 Tuesday, May 13 at the Brownsville Public Utilities Board's office located at 1425 Robinhood Drive. Brownsville PUB and the Rio Grande Partnership will co-host the session, which will focus on issues related to the United States and Mexico water treaty.

The 1944 Water Treaty, also known as the "Utilization of Waters of the Colorado and Tijuana Rivers and of the Rio Grande," was signed by the United States and Mexico on February 3, 1944. The treaty requires Mexico to deliver a prescribed amount of water over a five-year cycle. Many South Texas officials believe those terms include annual deliveries of water versus a one-time, five-year surge into the tributaries that feed into Amistad and Falcon Reservoirs and eventually down the Rio Grande to the Lower Valley.