Deep Dive: Full interview with Texas-Mexico border water expert Dr. Jude A. Benavides
Water crisis on the Texas-Mexico border
While working on a story on water scarcity in northern Mexico, multiple experts in the US that work closely with international water reservoirs told me that water scarcity may soon have dire effects on our side of the border.
One organization I spoke with said that Zapata County and the Rio Grande Valley running out of water is “a real possibility” in the next few weeks if current conditions persist.
You can read my story on the Texas Public Radio website here: Water becomes a black market south of the border, experts say scarcity could impact Texas border communities soon
Full interview with border hydrology research scientist
I had an opportunity to chat with Dr. Jude A. Benavides who is a professor of environmental sciences in the School of Earth, Environmental, and Marine Sciences at UTRGV. He’s also a hydrology research scientist and board member of the Southmost Regional Water Authority.
While admitting that there’s urgent work to be done, Dr. Benavides put our current situation into a broader context and explained why it’s difficult to predict exactly what will happen over the next few months.
He shared that our current crisis could still be resolved by rainfall this year, but that future demands for water from the increasing urbanization happening in South Texas will still need to be addressed.
We also talked about water management solutions happening now, the place water conflicts have had in our history, and what young people can do today to explore future solutions in this sector.