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Podcast: Border Land, Border Water

U.S.-Mexico border at Jacumba Hot Springs, California. Photo credit: Anthony Albright.

The landscape along the U.S.-Mexico border has changed drastically over the past 150 years — from fencing to surveillance infrastructure to damming and hydraulic projects.

C.J. Alvarez, an assistant professor in UT’s Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies, has examined those changes for years, in advance of publishing his book “Border Land, Border Water: A History of Construction on the U.S.-Mexico Divide.”

Alvarez joined the podcast “Interstitial” to talk about these changes, detailing how the international divide has been altered over the years in an effort to control the movement of people, animals, goods and water.

This construction has changed the lives of the people who live in the region — whether they call the U.S. or Mexico home.

Tune in to learn more about the history of construction along the border.

Please join us on this journey.

Planet Texas 2050 is a research grand challenge at The University of Texas at Austin. We’re a team of more than 150 researchers across all disciplines working together over the next decade to find ways to make our state more resilient in the face of extreme weather events and rapid population growth. Follow us on Twitter, visit our website, and come back to our blog for updates.

C.J. Alvarez, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Mexican American and Latino/a Studies. His research focuses on the history of the U.S.-Mexico border and environmental history. Alvarez is working with Planet Texas 2050 on a project called “Texas Water Stories,” collecting historical narratives about the Rio Grande river.




Texas' population could nearly double by the year 2050. Extreme weather events will bring more floods, more droughts, and more heat. Our state's resources can't support those demands. Making Texas resilient is our grand challenge.

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