Back in 2012 the United States and Mexico made agreements to make adjustments to adopt sustainable water management concerning the Colorado River. These were:
- “Implementing efforts to enhance water infrastructure and promote sharing, storing, and conserving water as needed during both shortages and surpluses;
- Establishing proactive basin operations by applying water delivery reductions when Lake Mead resorvoir conditions are low in order to deter more severe reductions in the future;
- Extending humanitarian measures from a 2010 agreement, Minute 318, to allow Mexico to defer delivery of a portion of its Colorado River allotment while it continues to make repairs to earthquake-damaged infrastructure;
- Establishing a program of Intentionally Created Mexican Allocation (ICMA) whereby Mexico could temporarily reduce its order of Colorado River water, allowing that water to be delivered to Mexico in the future; and
- Promoting the ecological health of the Colorado River Delta.”
These are the first steps toward more sustainable water management. As the agreement lasts only 5 years, I hope that a second agreement will be made with even more (and more detailed) adjustments to make the future of the Colorado River a fact. But the question remains: Are we acting fast enough?