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US, Mexico forge preservation effort for Colorado River

Colorado River between Marble Canyon Colorado River between Marble Canyon |  Photo: Alex Proimos from Sydney, Australia | Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license

The Associated Press
September 27, 2017 12:50 PM

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The U.S. and Mexico are seeking to preserve water supplies to millions of households and farms amid drought and climate change under a conservation agreement for the overused waters of the Colorado River.

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Officials with the International Boundary and Water Commission were gathering in Santa Fe on Wednesday to announce new details of the management agreement for the Colorado River.

The agreement calls for the U.S. to invest $31.5 million in conservation improvements in Mexico's water infrastructure to reduce losses to leaks and other problems. Water saved by the improvements would be shared by users in both nations.

The deal calls on Mexico to develop a specific plan for reducing consumption if the river runs too low. River consumers in the U.S. also must devise a shortage plan.

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