Environmental Sustainability Issues in the South Texas–Mexico Border Region

  • David Ramirez
  • Jianhong Ren
  • Kim D. Jones
  • Harriet Lamm

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Laura Guerrero-Medrano, Prajay Gor, Ruth Reyna-Caamaño, Gerardo M. Mejia-Velazquez, Jesus Santos-Guzman, Alvaro Martinez
    Pages 11-23
  3. Prajay Gor, Alvaro Martinez, Ruth Reyna-Caamaño, Gerardo M. Mejia-Velazquez, Laura Guerrero-Medrano, Jesus Santos-Guzman
    Pages 25-42
  4. Brianna Flores, Jianhong Ren, Sushma Krishnamurthy, Wayne Belzer
    Pages 97-115
  5. Marcia Baeza, Jianhong Ren, Sushma Krishnamurthy, Thomas C. Vaughan
    Pages 117-138
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 197-198

About this book


This book highlights the environmental sustainability problems specific to the South Texas–Mexico border region, on both sides of the Rio Grande, focusing on water and air pollution. The region is beset by climate extremes, from severe drought conditions to hurricanes, providing specific challenges for the ecosystems and the populations existing within the region.


The water pollution research centers on:


·         the Rio Grande and its feeder creeks

·         the outflows into the intercoastal waterways, marshes, lagoons, and bays

·         previously deposited metals in waterways

·         impacts of concentrated discharges on downstream receiving waters

·         hydrological conditions in a pilot-scale constructed wetland

·         water quality treatment ability of wetlands

·         the recovery of nutrient removal activity after major flooding damage and inundation


The air pollution research focuses on:


·         the effects of air pollution on an individual’s health in municipalities on the Rio Grande  and in interior cities

·         the transport of ultrafine particles and other pollutants from industry and automotive sources

·         the influence of climate on air quality in the study cities


While the research centers on challenges of the South Texas–Mexico border region, findings and recommendations will be beneficial to researchers in other regions facing similar problems.


Air pollution Environmental sustainability Rio Grande South Texas-Mexico border region Water pollution

Editors and affiliations

  • David Ramirez
    • 1
  • Jianhong Ren
    • 2
  • Kim D. Jones
    • 3
  • Harriet Lamm
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Environmental EngineeringTexas A&M University - Kingsville MSC-213KingsvilleUSA
  2. 2.Department of Environmental EngineeringTexas A&M University-Kingsville MSC-213KingsvilleUSA
  3. 3.Department of Environmental EngineeringTexas A&M University-Kingsville MSC-213KingsvilleUSA
  4. 4.Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station Partner OutreachTexas A&M Engineering Experiment Station 3470 TAMUCollege StationUSA

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