WESLACO, RGV – Via Twitter, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn says he has spoken to appropriators and received tentative agreement that the cash-strapped International Boundary & Water Commission will get an extra $15 million.

Jayne Harkins

Cornyn heard of IBWC’s financial woes at a roundtable discussion on flood management, held at the offices of Hidalgo County Precinct 1. Jayne Harkins, the new commissioner for the U.S. section of IBWC, spoke at the event. Harkins said she was struggling to get $10 million to improve floodwater flows in the Arroyo Colorado.

The Arroyo Colorado is supposed to drain flood waters away from cities such as Harlingen, Mercedes and Weslaco. However, these days the water drains back into the cities during heavy flooding because the arroyo has not been maintained.

In this podcast we take a closer look at how, as a result of the roundtable discussion and a Rio Grande Guardian story about the event, IBWC is likely going to get that extra $15 million from Congress.