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‘Megadrought’ along border strains US-Mexico water relations

The United States and Mexico are tussling over their dwindling shared water supplies after years of unprecedented heat, insufficient rainfall and some well-known underlying stresses including a population boom on both sides of the border, climate change and aging waterworks.... Read more»

New engineering report finds privately built border wall will fail

The report, set to be filed in federal court this week, confirms reporting from ProPublica and The Texas Tribune that found portions of the wall were in danger of overturning if not fixed due to extensive erosion just months after it was built.... Read more»

Private 'border wall' in Texas at risk of collapse; Hurricane Hanna made it worse

Hurricane Hanna dumped torrential rainfall on a border wall that Trump supporters built, leaving gaping holes and waist-deep cracks on the banks of the Rio Grande that threaten the wall’s long-term stability.... Read more»

Eroding private border wall to get engineering inspection months after completion

Months after the “Lamborghini” of border walls was built along the Rio Grande, the builder agreed to an engineering inspection of his controversial structure. Experts say the wall is showing signs of erosion that threatens its stability.... Read more»

Waste flowing into Nogales Wash raises concerns about water supply for both Mexico and U.S.

Failing wastewater pumps in Nogales, Son., have caused raw sewage to back up and empty into the Santa Cruz River watershed on the U.S. side of the border.... Read more»

Feds hunt down mystery landowners in bid to build border wall

The federal government has spent a decade chasing a meandering paper trail, with researchers combing through yellowed government files, testing the faded memories of neighbors and perusing the local library as they try to sort out who owns the land.... Read more»

Federal legislation targets Mexico over water treaty

A growing list of federal U.S. lawmakers is urging Mexico to comply with the terms of a 1944 water treaty they say its southern neighbor is violating.... Read more»

Mexican wastewater plant threatens Tumacacori oasis

A new wastewater treatment plant in Nogales, Son., will reduce the amount of water flowing north across the border, affecting a lush riparian area along the Santa Cruz River.... Read more»

Restoration ideas flow from Southwest river experts

Scientists from across the western U.S. and northern Mexico spend three days in Tucson exchanging ideas for protecting some of the two nations' most endangered rivers.... Read more»