Minute 319: A Cooperative Approach to Mexico-US Hydro-Relations on the Colorado River

Water International, Vol. 39, No. 3, pp. 263-276 (2014)

14 Pages Posted: 27 Apr 2014 Last revised: 29 Apr 2014

See all articles by Regina M. Buono

Regina M. Buono

King's College London

Gabriel Eckstein

Texas A&M University School of Law

Date Written: January 1, 2014

Abstract

Minute 319 is the most recent amendment to the 1944 treaty governing the Colorado River, shared between Mexico and the United States. The amendment was adopted, in part, as a continuing response to the 2010 Mexicali earthquake, which severely damaged Mexican irrigation infrastructure, as well as ongoing objectives to address dwindling water supplies in the basin. By implementing measures to share both shortages and surpluses, and by facilitating long-term collaborative efforts that engender interdependencies, the amendment commits the parties to cooperate and may serve as a model for other regions sharing limited transboundary freshwater resources.

Keywords: water governance, international, transboundary river, cooperation, Colorado River, United States-Mexico

JEL Classification: Q25, Q28, K32, K33

Suggested Citation

Buono, Regina M. and Eckstein, Gabriel, Minute 319: A Cooperative Approach to Mexico-US Hydro-Relations on the Colorado River (January 1, 2014). Water International, Vol. 39, No. 3, pp. 263-276 (2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2429545

Regina M. Buono (Contact Author)

King's College London ( email )

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Gabriel Eckstein

Texas A&M University School of Law ( email )

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817-212-3912 (Phone)

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