LatinNews Daily - 22 August 2022

In brief: Mexico denies problems with US over Colorado River actions

* Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has said that there is “no problem” and his government maintains “good relations” with the US government led by President Joe Biden following the latter’s 16 August announcement of urgent actions to protect and improve the sustainability of the Colorado River, one of the main rivers in the southwest of the US and northern Mexico, in response to drought. These actions include the announcement that the amount of water that Mexico can draw from the Colorado River is being reduced by 104,000 acre-feet, which is approximately 7% of Mexico’s annual allotment, while the US states of Arizona and Nevada will face cuts of 21% and 8% of their annual apportionment, respectively. In August 2021, the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) between Mexico and the US agreed that due to drought, Colorado River water allocations to users in the US and Mexico would be reduced in 2022 for the first time since the signing of the 1944 Water Treaty, which relates to the use of waters of the Colorado and Tijuana Rivers and of the Rio Grande. The announcement comes as Mexico is facing major droughts, with northern states – particularly Nuevo León – the most seriously affected.

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