RGISC continues to monitor the former Anzon antimony smelter site along Manadas Creek. Evidence suggests it as a source of heavy metal contamination in the river.
RGISC has also worked to protect a rare colony of beavers (Castor canadensis) on Manadas Creek, and creating a board walk to educate the public about this Rio Grande mammal species continues to be a goal of RGISC.
RGISC has also taken a public stand and actions on the loss of water through inter-basin transfer in which water from the Rio Grande is sold and piped to cities in other watersheds.
Also much work has been done to educate the public about the environmental and public health risks associated with hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in the Eagle Ford Shale for deep deposits of oil and gas, as it relates to heavy water usage and waste disposal.
Rio Grande International Study Center 1 West End Washington St. Bldg P-11, Laredo, Texas