Fifth Longest River In the USA
What is a watershed?
A watershed is an area of land that feeds all the water running under it and draining off of it into a body of water. It combines with other watersheds to form a network of rivers and streams that progressively drain into larger water areas.
- It extends from the San Juan Mountains of Colorado to the Gulf of Mexico (1,901 miles) and forms a 1,255 mile segment of the border between the United States and Mexico.
- The Rio Grande is a major water supply for the border communities of Texas and for Mexico. It is projected that municipal use will increase by one-hundred percent over the next fifty years and industrial use will increase by forty percent
- Also sometimes referred to as the “Rio Bravo”
Brackish water (becoming more salty)
Water usage expected to double in the area in the next 50 year which affects availability of the water as the populations of both Mexico and America grow.