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Rio Grande’s environmental problems are brought to light by sewage discharge
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Rio Grande’s environmental problems are brought to light by sewage discharge

Sewage discharge draws attention to environmental problems on Rio Grande

Jeannette Terrazas, Raymundo Aguilar and Raymundo Aguilar quickly worked at the topof a pedestrian bridgein Jurez Wednesday, December 28. They carefully tied the corners of the white banner with black lettering across a long line of cars that were waiting to cross the Bridge of the Americas to El Paso.

Spanish banner read “We are all the rivers” “We demand the restoration and protection of the Rio Bravo immediately!”

The Bridge of the Americas runs under the Rio Grande. Millions of gallons per day of wastewater have been flowing down El Paso-Jurez’s length since mid August.

Jeannette Terrazas and Raymundo Aguilar hang a banner from pedestrian bridge near the Cordova International Bridge, on Abraham Lincoln Ave., Jurez, Mexico, on Tuesday, Dec. 28. The sign reads

Terrazas and Aguilarwere invitingfronterizosto think about the river they were crossing not just as a internationalboundary, but as a living ecosystem.Terrazas, a Jurez textile artist, said that it was a form environmental racism. He was referring to the sewage.

The Frontera Force wastewater main transports wastewater from West El Paso to theJohnT. Hickerson Water Reclamation Facility. El Paso Water determined that a diversioninto Rio Grande was the best way for human contact to the sewage when the pipeline and its backup burst.

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