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Key Issues Impacting The Rio Grande

The Rio Grande-Rio Bravo continues to rank as one of the world's 10 Most Endangered Rivers, according to the World Wildlife Fund. Limited water supply is the No. 1 reason, followed by pollution. Below are some of the key reasons for its endangered status.

Water over-extraction

• Dams, including weir dams
• Agriculture and inefficient irrigation (Nearly 80 percent of Rio Grande water is used for agriculture in the U.S. and Mexico)


• Raw sewage
• Industrial waste
• Trash


• Dams
• Increasing population along the border
• Hydraulic Fracturing (fracking)

Invasive Species

• Giant cane – Carrizo
• Salt Cedar
• Guinea Grass
• Asiatic clam (link to some of our native species)


• The Forgotten River (200 mile stretch between Fort Quitman, TX and Presidio, TX)
• http://www.edf.org/sites/default/files/1_Forgotten_Reach.pdf
• Water conservation issues

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