MEXICO: Wild River

Mexicans call the Rio Grande the Río Bravo (Wild River). Last week border citizens heard that the Río Bravo may be tamed and put to use; the U.S. and Mexican Governments have signed (but not yet ratified) a treaty under which the two countries will put up some $25,000,000 each for a series of dams to control and store the river's waters for irrigation.

The 1,300-mile international section of the river between El Paso and Brownsville is sometimes only a chain of puddles, sometimes a roaring flood which pours precious water into the Gulf. If this excess water could be used...

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