Rio Grande Watershed
Winston Chu, Chris Dombrowski, Adam Picardo, Hayden Criollo
The Rio Grande is the fifth longest river in the United States and among the top twenty in the world.
- The Rio Grande extends from the San Juan Mountains of Colorado to the Gulf of Mexico which is around 1,901 miles.
- Overall, this forms a 1,255 mile segment between the United States and Mexico.
- As a result of this, the Rio Grande is a major supplier of water for the people of Texas and Mexico.
- Throughout 1906 and 1944, multiple agreements were signed by the International Boundary and Water Commission in order to share the water of Rio Grande.
- There are many dams that border the Rio Grande such as the Rio Grande Dam, Cochiti Dam, Falcon Dam, Caballo Dam, and many more.
- As a result of the watershed surrounding a very populated area, it faces a high demand problem.
- At the same time of trying to balance and secure a stable water supply to meet the expectation and needs of the surrounding people, it is trying to find balance between agricultural resources.
Water Supply and Use
- average annual precipitation is 6-9 inches
- water comes from runoff from snow and mountains
- irrigated agriculture
- pumped groundwater to support agricultural production