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U.S., Mexico Announce Water Agreement
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December 20, 2010



Interior Secretary Ken Salazar testifies before the House Oversight and Government Reforms Committee hearing on the department of Interior's oversight of the offshore oil drilling, in Washington on July 22, 2010. (UPI/Kevin Dietsch)
Mexico City - The governments of the United States and Mexico have announced an agreement to ensure water gets to areas devastated by an Easter Sunday earthquake.

U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Mexican Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada said the agreement would adjust water deliveries from the Colorado River to areas damaged by the April 4 earthquake in Mexicali, an Interior Department release said Monday.

They also announced a commitment to initiate, in January, high-priority discussions between the two governments on a comprehensive long-term agreement on the management of the Colorado River.

"Through this water agreement, the United States, Mexico and the seven Colorado River Basin states are bringing resources together for our mutual benefit and for the benefit of our neighbors whose irrigation systems and livelihoods have been damaged by the Easter Sunday earthquake," Salazar said after meetings in Mexico City.

The agreement "is a remarkable achievement from a humanitarian perspective, but it also lays important groundwork for a much-needed comprehensive water agreement with Mexico on how we manage the Colorado River," he said.




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