Experts from the United States and Mexico will meet today and Friday in El Paso and Juárez to discuss water issues during a summit, “Border Water Resources: Past, Present, and Future.” The summit aims to bring together about 200 experts from both countries to share information and enhance U.S.-Mexico cooperation on border water issues.
Guest speakers will include U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes, U.S. Consul Ian Brownlee, Mexican Consul Jacob Prado, El Paso Mayor John Cook, Juárez Mayor Hector Murguia, and El Paso Water Utilities General Manager Ed Archuleta.
The summit is sponsored by the International Boundary and Water Commission, the University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso Water Utilities, the Southwest Consortium for Environmental Research and Policy, the North American Development Bank, the Autonomous University of Ciudad Juárez and the Municipal Water and Sanitation Board of Ciudad Juárez.
“This summit offers an opportunity for leading water managers from the region to come together to discuss challenges, successes, and opportunities for future cooperation between the United States and Mexico,” said International Boundary and Water Commission U.S. Commissioner Edward Drusina. “I see this summit as an opportunity to promote dialogue to help frame solutions.”
The event will also feature panels of experts from the government sector, nongovernmental organizations, and academic and research institutions. They will discuss issues such as water supply, innovation and water technology, water quality and the environment and watershed planning.