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Sens. Cruz and Cornyn introduce legislation to ensure Mexican compliance with the water treaty | texasinsider

“Mexican officials now have so many arrears that they will not be able to comply with the treaty and will fall short in the current cycle.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas), today introduced legislation to increase support for U.S. diplomats and officials seeking to strengthen Mexican compliance to secure the 1944 Treaty on the Uses of the Waters of the Colorado, Tijuana, and Rio Grande Rivers. This legislation would ensure that future water deliveries through Mexico are predictable and reliable.

 

About the legislation, said Senator Cruz, “Mexico has consistently failed to live up to its end of the bargain when it comes to America’s water supply. Mexican officials now have so many arrears that they will not be able to comply with the treaty and will fall short in the current cycle. These shortages have resulted in acute water shortages in the Southwest, and have been especially devastating for Texans and Texas farmers. I am proud to be leading the language that will ensure our diplomats have the resources and support they need to ensure Mexican compliance.”

Senator Cornyn said: “If drought and severe weather conditions continue into the summer, it will continue to harm Texas agriculture and put the Amistad Reservoir in immediate danger of falling below the water level needed to generate power for South Texans,” said Senator Cornyn. “I am pleased to support this legislation along with Senator Cruz to pressure the State Department to negotiate with Mexico to meet its treaty obligations and deliver the water the country owes so that farmers , ranchers, cities and business owners in the Rio Grande Valley can continue their operations. to keep their doors open and their crops growing.”

BACKGROUND:

  • One of the primary ways the U.S. seeks to ensure a predictable and reliable water supply to the Rio Grande Valley is through the Treaty on the Uses of the Waters of the Colorado, Tijuana, and Rio Grande Rivers (“the Treaty”), signed between the US and Mexico in 1944.
  • The Convention is administered by the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC).
  • Mexico routinely fails to meet its five-year commitments, leaving American farmers without access to predictable and reliable water. According to the U.S. chapter of the IBWC, Mexico currently owes the U.S. nearly 750,000 acre-feet of water. U.S. diplomats and officials in the U.S. chapter of the IBWC have pressured Mexico to fulfill its obligations and agree to rules regularizing deliveries. So far they have been unsuccessful, while water shortages in the South West are becoming acute.
  • This bill directs the Secretary to fully support the efforts of the IBWC and to use the voice, voice, diplomatic capital, and resources necessary to bring Mexico into compliance.