Aquifers Shared between Mexico and the United States: Management Perspectives and Their Transboundary Nature

Sanchez, R. and Eckstein, G. (2017), Aquifers Shared Between Mexico and the United States: Management Perspectives and Their Transboundary Nature. Groundwater. doi:10.1111/gwat.12533

Texas A&M University School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 17-36

12 Pages Posted: 15 Jun 2017 Last revised: 20 Jun 2017

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Rosario Sanchez

Texas A&M University

Gabriel Eckstein

Texas A&M University School of Law

Date Written: May 10, 2017

Abstract

Totally 36 aquifers have been identified along the Mexico-U.S. border. Of these, only 16 have adequate data to provide a reasonable level of confidence to categorize them as transboundary. Limited and/or contrasting data over the other aquifers in the region reflects the void in transboundary groundwater management and assessment mechanisms throughout much of the Mexico-U.S. border. This paper identifies management mechanisms, structures, and institutional prioritization related to transboundary aquifers shared between Mexico and the United States. It also evaluates the differences in the transboundary nature of these aquifers, and how their combined hydrological and geographical considerations interrelate with local and regional social, economic, political, and even scale dimensions to create complex management challenges.

Keywords: Transboundary Aquifers, groundwater, aquifers, Mexico, United States, groundwater governance

Suggested Citation

Sanchez, Rosario and Eckstein, Gabriel, Aquifers Shared between Mexico and the United States: Management Perspectives and Their Transboundary Nature (May 10, 2017). Sanchez, R. and Eckstein, G. (2017), Aquifers Shared Between Mexico and the United States: Management Perspectives and Their Transboundary Nature. Groundwater. doi:10.1111/gwat.12533; Texas A&M University School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 17-36. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2985586

Rosario Sanchez (Contact Author)

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Gabriel Eckstein

Texas A&M University School of Law ( email )

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