October 31, 2000 - Issue: Vol. 146, No. 141 — Daily Edition106th Congress (1999 - 2000) - 2nd Session
SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 157--EXPRESSING THE SENSE OF THE CONGRESS THAT THE GOVERNMENT OF MEXICO SHOULD ADHERE TO THE TERMS OF THE 1944 UTILIZATION OF WATERS OF THE COLORADO AND TIJUANA RIVERS...; Congressional Record Vol. 146, No. 141
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[Page S11425] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 157--EXPRESSING THE SENSE OF THE CONGRESS THAT THE GOVERNMENT OF MEXICO SHOULD ADHERE TO THE TERMS OF THE 1944 UTILIZATION OF WATERS OF THE COLORADO AND TIJUANA RIVERS AND OF THE RIO GRANDE TREATY BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND MEXICO Mrs. HUTCHISON (for herself and Mr. Gramm) submitted the following concurrent resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations: S. Con. Res. 157 Whereas, the United States and Mexico signed a Treaty on Water Utilization on February 3, 1944, to divide the waters of the Rio Grande and Colorado River systems, and; Whereas, the Treaty required Mexico to deliver a minimum of 350,000 acre feet of water per year on a five year average from six Mexican tributaries, and; Whereas, the Treaty required the United States to deliver a minimum of 1,500,000 acre feet of water per year from the Colorado River, and; Whereas, the United States has never failed to meet its obligations under the Treaty, and; Whereas, during the period of 1992-1997, Mexico failed to meet its obligations under the treaty by 1,024,000 acre feet, and; Whereas, a recent study conducted by the Texas A&M University agriculture program has determined the economic impact to South Texas from this water loss due to non- compliance with the Treaty at $441,000,000 per year; Whereas, the Government of Mexico has not presented any plan to repay its entire water debt, as required by the Treaty; Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), That it is the sense of Congress that: (1) The President of the United States should promptly utilize the full power of his office to bring about compliance with the 1944 Treaty on Water Utilization in order that the full requirement of water be available for United States use during the next full crop season. (2) The United States Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission should work to bring about full compliance with the 1944 Treaty on Water Utilization and not accept any water debt or deficit repayment plan which does not provide for the full repayment of water owed. ____________________