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
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.