Clean-up work expected at the Rio Grande


POSTED: Sunday, October 27, 2013 - 2:35pm

UPDATED: Monday, November 4, 2013 - 5:06pm

The Rio Grande will receive maintenance work in the following weeks. After the heavy rains in September several residents living close to the river requested a clean-up of the sediment.

Authorities from the International Boundary and Water Commission are already addressing the concerns of some residents in west El Paso.

The issue was brought up after some flood insurance programs increased the premiums for homeowners living by the coasts and river valleys.

American and Mexican authorities announced they will work together to clean the river up.

The Mexican commission will be in charge of cleaning the sediment in the area that is downstream from the Zaragoza International Bridge while the U.S. commission will supervise work being done on the west side of the river.

“People have been asking since we had those heavy rains back in September if there’s going to be action taken to address the sediment issue and actually we have a fairly regular program to address the sediment we had some work that had already been planned before the storms we had in September,"

" We are going to be working over the coming months to address sediment in critical areas,” American Commission spokesperson Sally Spener said.

“We did have flooding but i think that I’ve been pleased with how i see they’re trying to clear up the river on river bend there and getting rid of all the salt seeders i thought it was an improvement actually,” west El Paso resident Judy Swangstu said.

Crews are currently working on the clean-up, which is expected to be complete by the end of this year.


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