US, Mexico Agree Colorado River Sharing Pact

LAS VEGAS NV

Officials from both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border signed a new water pact Sept. 27 that brings Mexico in as a full partner on the Colorado River and could boost Lake Mead. The historic agreement, known as Minute 323 to the Mexican Water Treaty of 1944, spells out how much Mexico would have to reduce its river use in the event of a shortage on the Colorado and how much extra water the nation would get in a surplus.

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