Environment is big winner in U.S.–Mexico Colorado River agreement

Mexican and American officials, dignitaries and residents gathered in March 2014, on the Morelos Dam in Algodones, Mexico, to celebrate a landmark agreement between the two nations that allows a “pulse flow” of Colorado River to reach the river’s delta in Baja Mexico for the first time in more than five decades. Photo by Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images / News Deeply

 

A new agreement signed between the U.S. and Mexico continues an important collaboration in managing the Colorado River, but also gives new hope for reviving stretches of the river that have run dry.

By Alastair Bland | News Deeply

A NEWLY SIGNED pact between Mexico and the United States is believed to be the first time that two nations have agreed to allocate part of a shared water resource to the environment.

Farmers and cities in both countries will reap benefits from Minute 323, an update to an existing agreement that seeks to sustainably manage the water of the overburdened Colorado River basin.

The new agreement, signed on September 27 in Santa Fe, New Mexico, by officials from both nations, requires the United States to invest millions of dollars in water conservation projects in Mexico – like plugging leaks in irrigation canals and helping farmers implement water-efficient technology.

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