“The combination of waterless farms in southern Texas, accumulating water debt by Mexico and key upcoming elections on both sides of the border is raising new doubts about whether relations between their two nations are as constructive and even-handed as President Bush and President Vicente Fox so often suggest.
… Drought conditions over the past years have made compliance difficult; Rio Grande water levels are down and that is not good news for southwestern U.S. states, suffering from the same drought. The two sides disagree on how much water, if any, Mexico “owes” the United States. And by either reckoning, compliance is likely to become even more difficult each year due to population growth, climate changes and development along the border. Meanwhile, each side accuses the other of poor water management and preservation.”