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KEYNOTE: Commissioner Jayne Harkins - International Boundary and Water Commission

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KEYNOTE: Commissioner Jayne Harkins - International Boundary and Water Commission

  1. 1. INTERNATIONAL BOUNDARY AND WATER COMISSION COMISIÓN INTERNACIONAL DE LÍMITES Y AGUAS USIBWC Projects and Priorities Jayne Harkins, P.E. Commissioner Texas Water Conservation Association Annual Convention, Fort Worth, Texas March 4-5, 2020 COMMISSION UNITED STATES SECTION
  2. 2. INTERNATIONAL BOUNDARY AND WATER COMISSION COMISIÓN INTERNACIONAL DE LÍMITES Y AGUAS COMMISSION UNITED STATES SECTION Presentation Overview 1. Agency Priorities 2. Rio Grande Canalization and Rectification Projects 3. Presidio Field Office 4. Amistad Dam 5. Falcon Dam 6. Lower Rio Grande Flood Control Project 7. Water Management 8. Border Security 9. USIBWC Budget 10. Strategic Plan
  3. 3. Priorities u Border Sanitation u Treaty Water Deliveries u Infrastructure u Safety and Security of Employees u Communication and Transparency
  4. 4. Rio Grande Canalization and Rectification Projects Ø Sediment Deposition in the river
  5. 5. Rio Grande Canalization and Rectification Projects
  6. 6. Off-Channel Sediment Basins Sediment Gage End wall Rio Grande
  7. 7. RGCP Record of Decision and River Management Plan Mow Areas Restoration Efforts Levee Maintenance
  8. 8. RGCP River Habitat Restoration Broad Canyon Arroyo, February 2013 September 2016 October 2015
  9. 9. Canalization River Habitat Restoration – GW Wells Groundwater levels from 2013 to 2018 for the irrigated restoration site at Wasteway #8Basin in drought
  10. 10. Rio Grande Canalization Project- Hydraulic Modeling, Sediment Accumulation and Flow Capacity Analysis § Hydraulic model update: Develop 1D/2D HEC-RAS unsteady state and 1D HEC-RAS steady state model. § Evaluate flow capacity and identify levee freeboard deficiencies. Remove sediment to reestablish levee freeboard for FEMA levee accreditation. § Estimation of sediment removal required to achieve 1943 base project geometry. § Feasibility study was awarded to Consultant Wilson-Freese and Nichols Joint Venture in September 2019. § Completed by mid 2021.
  11. 11. American Canal- Rehabilitation
  12. 12. American Canal- Upper Reach
  13. 13. American Canal- Middle Reach
  14. 14. American Canal- Lower Reach Sediment accumulation Difficulty accessing canal Damage to panels
  15. 15. Levee Projects Levee improvements in NM And levee structure rehab below El Paso, TX
  16. 16. 1906 Deliveries American Dam International Dam Metering Deliveries
  17. 17. Project Inflows/Treaty Deliveries
  18. 18. Presidio Flood Control Project
  19. 19. Mulato Dam
  20. 20. Amistad Dam
  21. 21. Amistad Dam § Requires investment of tens of millions to hundreds of millions to mitigate risk § Project to be jointly funded by US and Mexico
  22. 22. Falcon Dam Geophysical Study There are about 520 concrete panels in the spillway. Many are 25’ wide by 40’ in length. EROSION WHICH CAN LEAD TO UPLIFTING SPALLATION EXPOSING REBAR
  23. 23. Lower Rio Grande Flood Control Project
  24. 24. LRGV- Arroyo Colorado Dredging of approximately 6.3 miles and vegetation removal within the floodplain
  25. 25. Water Management Binational Water Accounting
  26. 26. Water Management 5yr Cycle Deliveries
  27. 27. Water Management Binational Flood Workshops Amistad during Hurricane Alex (July 2010) Falcon during Hurricane Alex (July 2010) Chapeño gage below Falcon (July 2010)
  28. 28. Bathymetric Surveys Implementation
  29. 29. Stream Gaging Program Operation and Maintenance
  30. 30. Rio Grande Water Quality
  31. 31. WQ Primary Concerns u Bacteria u Nutrients u Salinity u Depressed Dissolved Oxygen u Fish kills u Illegal discharging u Trash u Exotic species u Lack of water
  32. 32. Security Border Fence Projects
  33. 33. Border Fence Next to River
  34. 34. Budget $ 0 $ 10 $ 20 $ 30 $ 40 $ 50 $ 60 $ 70 $ 80 $ 90 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 26.45 31.45 27.62 33.44 29.00 28.40 29.40 29.40 29.40 36.90 43.21 44.72 41.16 44.00 44.71 45.31 48.13 48.13 48.13 48.17 MillionsofDollars Fiscal Year Annual Appropriations (in Millions) Construction Salaries and Expenses 69.66 76.17 68.78 77.44 73.71 73.71 77.53 77.53 77.53 85.07
  35. 35. USIBWC Strategic Planning Process u Risk Assessments u Preparing New Strategic Plan ►Stakeholder Input ►IBWC Staff Input u Priorities for the next 5 years u Performance metrics u Completed in a few months
  36. 36. INTERNATIONAL BOUNDARY AND WATER COMISSION COMISIÓN INTERNACIONAL DE LÍMITES Y AGUAS U.S. SECTION 4191 N. Mesa El Paso, Texas 79902 www.ibwc.gov HEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES SECTION

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