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Title: Restoration of the Rio Grande Between El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua Charles D. Turner, Alfredo Martinez, and Jessica Retana


1
Restoration of the Rio Grande Between El Paso,
Texas and Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua Charles D.
Turner, Alfredo Martinez, and Jessica Retana
The University of Texas at El Paso
2
Project Summary
  • The development and assessment of scenarios that
    would allow Rio Grande to remain wet through
    the year in the El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez,
    Mexico
  • The formation of a bi-national river restoration
    work group
  • Provide a clear understanding of the hydrological
    and engineering conditions, institutional
    challenges, a biological inventory, and GIS maps
    of the study area

3
Rio Grande / Rio Bravo
4
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Stream Flow
6
Problem Statement
  • The Rio Grande has been transformed into a highly
    structured channel to meet water supply and flood
    control needs
  • The potential impact of restoring a portion of
    the Rio Grande is the reduction in the efficiency
    of the existing water delivery network

7
Research Questions
  • What are the impacts of restoration
  • How to minimize those impacts
  • Integrate a wet Rio Grande
  • Impacts to existing water institutions

8
Conceptual Design Alternatives
Category Description
Alternative 1 Baseline Data Current hydrologic and engineering structure of the Rio Grande.
Alternative 2 No intervention and undisturbed recovery Restore the river without including engineering solutions to reduce the impact to the system
Alternative 3 Engineering Design Use of engineering solutions or structures to mitigate potential impacts to system
Alternative 4 In-Action Evaluate the existing system and evaluate potential future conditions
9
2006 Irrigation Season
March 2006
October 2006
10
Mesilla Dam
March 2006
October 2006
11
Conclusions
  • Stream flow is the result of the water delivery
    network
  • Design scenarios developed
  • within existing river management
  • with minor adjustments
  • rethink some policies
  • Rio Grande Restoration Committee

12
Acknowledgments
  • Southwest Consortium for Environmental Research
    and Policy (SCERP)
  • Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez (UACJ)
  • Center for Environmental Resource Management
    (CERM)
  • Junta Municipal de Agua y Saneamiento Juarez
  • U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR)
  • International Boundary and Water Commission
    (IBWC)
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Environmental Science and Engineering (ESE)
    Department
  • Congressman Silvestre Reyes
  • Peter Brock, Rio Grande Watershed Federal
    Coordinating Committee
  • El Paso Water Utilities (EPWU)
  • El Paso Health Foundation
  • The City of El Paso
  • The City of Sunland Park
  • Dr. Jorge A. Salas-Plata
  • Dr. Rene Franco Barreno

13
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