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Environmental Sustainability Issues in the South Texas-Mexico Border Region
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Environmental sustainability issues in a fragile, semi-arid region and its coastal area, which experience climate changes from extreme drought conditions to the effects of hurricanes over a period of weeks to years, provide specific challenges for the ecosystems and the populations existing within the region.  The research presented focuses on the problems and some solutions specific to the South Texas-Mexico border region, on both sides of the Rio Grande, focusing on water and air pollution. 


Presents research from both sides of the Rio Grande

Brings together knowledge on both water and air pollution in this region

Environmental health issues are discussed

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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.


Introduction to Environmental Sustainability Issues in the South Texas–Mexico Border Region.- Pollution and Lifestyle Causes of Asthma and Allergies among School Children of Tamaulipas, Mexico in the U.S.-Mexico Border Region.- Environmental Health Indicators for the Border Region between South Texas and Northeastern Mexico.- Characterization of Ultrafine Particles and Other Vehicular Pollutants near an International Bridge in United States - Mexico Border Region.- Evaluating the Impacts of Emissions and Global Temperature Perturbations on Air Quality in South and Central Texas.- Manufacture and Physical Characterization of Wood-Derived Activated Carbon from South Texas Mesquite for Environmental Applications.- Assessment of Nutrient and Heavy Metal Levels in Manadas Creek, an Urban Tributary of the Rio Grande in Laredo, Texas.- Antimony and Arsenic Isotope Distribution in a Semi-Arid Creek during the Wet Season.- Characterization of Brackish Groundwater Desalination Concentrate Discharge Impacts on Water Quality in a Texas Coastal Area.- Evaluation of Hydraulic Residence Time Distribution (RTD) Characterization and Monitoring in a Constructed Channel Wetland in South Texas.- Recovery of Aquaculture Treatment Constructed Wetlands Function after Prolonged Flood Inundation Events in South Texas.- Index.


ISBN-13: 9789400771222
Publisher: Springer (Springer Netherlands)
Publication date: September, 2013
Pages: 218

Subcategories: General Issues


David Ramirez is an Associate Professor of the Department of Environmental Engineering and Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) funded Center for Research Excellence in Science and Technology – Research on Environmental Sustainability in Semi-Arid Coastal Areas (CREST-RESSACA) housed at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. His research focuses on the development of air quality control technology, atmospheric transformations of engineered nanomaterials, manufacture of carbon based adsorbents, nanoparticle adsorption, capture and recovery of organic vapors emitted from point sources, and air quality monitoring in near-coastal air sheds. He is a recipient of the 2009 NSF CAREER award, NSF foundation-wide most prestigious award for junior faculty. His research work has been funded from different agencies such as NSF, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and Texas Workforce Commission.


Jianhong Ren is an Associate Professor of the Environmental Engineering Department and Interim Associate Dean of the Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Her research focuses on reactive transport processes in aquatic systems, chemical contamination and observations in fresh and costal water environment, real-time monitoring using cutting-edge sensor technologies, and physicochemical process based environmental system modeling. She has secured numerous research grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. She is a recipient of the 2004 NSF CAREER award, NSF foundation-wide most prestigious award in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research.


Kim D. Jones is a Professor and Chair of the Environmental Engineering Department and Director of the Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. He has led research efforts in ecological engineering projects, including the designs of treatment constructed wetlands and biofiltration projects targeting the monitoring and mitigation of non-point source pollution, for many years with real time sensor monitoring and data analysis. He has designed ecological engineering based coastal restoration projects with soil moisture and erosion monitoring, with the objective of preserving habitat while mitigating shoreline erosion. His research work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Energy, and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.


Harriet Lamm is a research scientist of the Office of Strategic Research Development at the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station. She has been the evaluator and coordinator of numerous research and education programs such as the South Texas Advanced Technology Education project, Texas Collaborative for Excellence in Teacher Preparation, Alliance for the Improvement of Mathematics Skills PreK-16, TAMU-Corpus Christi’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP), TAMU-Kingsville’s Research Experience for Teachers in Manufacturing for Competitiveness in the United States, TAMU-Kingsville’s STEP, TAMU-Kingsville’s CREST RESSACA, and Texas A&M University System Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation. She also taught mathematics at the secondary and post-secondary levels.