American Society of Civil Engineers


NAFTA Handbook for Water Resources Managers and Engineers


by Mark W. Killgore, M.ASCE, (Water Resources Engr., Raytheon Infrastructure Services, Inc., Bellevue, WA) and David J. Eaton, M.ASCE, (Bess Harris Jones Centennial Prof., Natural Resource Policy Studies, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, Univ. of Texas, Austin, TX)
Sponsored by ASCE and the US-Mexican Policy Studies Program, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin
New York, NY: American Society of Civil Engineers, 978-0-7844-0086-9 / 0-7844-0086-5, 1995, 75 pp., ISBN: 0-89940-323-9     (Barcode: RMI MK31580)

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Document type: Books - Committee Reports
Abstract: Sponsored by ASCE; the U.S.–Mexican Policy Studies Program, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin.
This report describes the consequences of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) as they affect water resources planning and management in Canada, Mexico, and the United States. The NAFTA process may change the administration of state or federal water quality or other environmental regulations, and it creates three new organizations to resolve border and trade disputes related to the environment. These new institutions also will facilitate construction and rehabilitation of environmental infrastructure. The total volume of environmental infrastructure needs along the U.S.–Mexican border has been estimated to be in the billions of dollars, and the financial commitments appear to be in place.
NAFTA will create new opportunities for engineering services in North America by requiring Canada, Mexico and the United States to treat professional service providers from the other two countries no less favorably than it treats its own service providers, and certainly on no less favorable terms granted to other nations. Negotiations over transnational engineer licensing under NAFTA are part of a rapidly evolving process which may conclude in 1995. Engineers who are licensed Professional Engineers (PE) in Canada, Mexico, or the United States may be eligible for a temporary license to practice in either of the neighboring countries, provided that education, experience, and other requirements are met.


ASCE Subject Headings:
Canada
Environmental issues
International agreements and treaties
Mexico
United States
Water resources