Transcript for The Rio Grande, segment 06 of 9
From Colorado to south Texas by river is more than eighteen hundred miles and a descent of almost fourteen thousand feet. Settled in the seventeen hundreds by Spaniards, the land was thereafter irrigated from the river. In the twentieth century, the International Boundary Water Commission built Falcon Dam and Reservoir which assured a water supply to irrigators on both sides of the border. By the nineteen fifties, existing irrigation works were old and seriously in need of repair. To perform this work, Congress authorized the Bureau of Reclamation to complete the Lower Rio Grande Rehabilitation Project. Numerous other irrigation systems in the valley are currently being upgraded by the Bureau under the Small Loan Program.