Sens. Hutchison And Cornyn Call On President Bush To Take Action On Mexican Water Debt

In: All News   Posted 01/15/2003

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) and John Cornyn (R-TX) today sent a letter to President Bush decrying Mexico’s interim solution to massive water debt as insufficient and non-compliant with the 1944 Mexico-U.S. Water Treaty. In response to Mexico’s attempt to remove the water debt issue from the diplomatic table by releasing only 350,000 acre/feet of water, the Texas Senators wrote:"While satellite images show Mexican reservoirs with significant reserves, Mexico has agreed to release only the bare minimum to reach technical compliance.”"Mexico’s domestic agricultural production is flourishing with U.S. treaty-obligated water, while the Rio Grande Valley in Texas is suffering a decline of more than 100,000 acres of farmland, 30,000 lost jobs, and a nearly $1 billion net loss to the regional economy.”"The North American Development Bank (NADBank) is exacerbating an already desperate situation by refusing to honor its $40 million commitment to South Texas’ aging and leaking irrigation canals.”"We urge you to press Mexico to immediately comply with its treaty obligations and order the NADBank to deliver the $40 million to South Texas’ irrigation districts. Texas has suffered severe losses, and the Rio Grande Valley’s economic viability and livelihood depend on this water. The U.S. has a duty to either enforce the provisions of the treaty or impose repercussions against Mexico.”