Tuesday: U.S. and Mexico to sign agreement to allow storage of some of Mexico’s water, pilot program for Delta restoration #CORiver


From the Associated Press (Kevin Ritter) via The Durango Herald:

Government officials from the United States and Mexico have set a Tuesday date in San Diego to sign a landmark agreement to share Colorado River water during times of drought and surplus. A time and place for the announcement weren’t immediately made public. But International Boundary and Water Commission official Gustavo Ramirez on Friday confirmed the day and place. The commission’s U.S. section secretary, Sally Spener, said this week from El Paso, Texas, that there were still a number of reviews and approvals needed north and south of the border before the addendum to a 1944 U.S.-Mexico water treaty is signed.

On Thursday, the Southern Nevada Water Authority and Colorado River Commission of Nevada unanimously approved the pact, authority spokesman Scott Huntley said. The two entities, along with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and the Central Arizona Project, are among the largest of the 15 agencies and state officials in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming whose approvals are needed, along with representatives of Mexico and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. New Mexico’s Interstate Stream Commission unanimously approved the agreement Wednesday…

The agreement calls for letting Mexico store water in Lake Mead, and for a pilot program of water releases from the U.S. to replenish wetlands in the Colorado River delta south of the border. The water agencies in California, Arizona and Nevada would each buy water from Mexico over three years, and the agreement also clears the way for U.S. entities to invest in infrastructure improvements in Mexico in return for a share of the water such projects would save.

More Colorado River Basin coverage here and here.

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