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1

Exchange of credentials of members of both Sections of the Commission

October 3, 1922

2

Mexican Commissioner requested investigation of certain bank and obstruction cases; American Commissioner suggested their submission in writing for consideration.

October 3, 1922

3

Consulting Engineers instructed to investigate case or construction of dam in Rio Grande opposite Colonia " El Porvenir. "

October 16, 1922

4

Consulting Engineers instructed to make investigation of Banco 'El Real de San Lorenzo."

October 16, 1922

5

Consulting Engineers instructed to make investigation of claims of Compania Agricola to property rights over certain land in Zaragoza Area

October 16, 1922

6

Consulting Engineers requested to make inspection of obstructions near Santa Fe Bridge upstream contrary to 28, 1917 agreement related to flood protection works.

October 16, 1922

7

Consulting Engineers instructed to make inspection of protective works on left bank of Rio Grande in the neighborhood of Isla de Cordova and advise if their destruction should be ordered.

October 16, 1922

8

Channel of Rio Grande at point called "El Mulato" ordered marked by stakes.

October 16, 1922

9

Concerning drainage and protection of the El Paso Valley against floods of the river by committee of Engineers on Rivers and Harbors, in cooperation with Mexican Engineers assigned to this study.

October 16, 1922

10

Mexican Consulting Engineer instructed to make investigation of petition of City of El Paso for permission to extend end of sewer pipe which runs from transformation plant toward river.

October 16, 1922

11

Minutes 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 were read, approved, and signed by members of Commission.

November 14, 1922

12

Gustavo P. Serrano presented credentials as Commissioner and presented Armando Santacruz, Jr., as Consulting Engineer. Commissioner Curry stated that due to diplomatic relations at time Minutes 1-11 the state were passed, it was necessary to ratify them, now that diplomatic relations were renewed and did so.

November 27, 1923

13

Plans for the study of bancos for elimination between El Paso and Rio Grande City pending until funds are available.

November 27, 1923

14

Survey and report on "Beaver" or "Morteritos" Island instructed to be made in order that decision regarding boundary line might be made.

November 27, 1923

15

Matter of fence along boundary line on "San Hizario" Island and on "Cordova Island.

November 27, 1923

16

Protection works referred to in Minute No. 7 near Cordova Island had been removed by City of El Paso. Case now closed.

November 28, 1923

17

Reference Minute No. 10-City of El Paso decided not to extend sewer pipe into bed of Rio Grande. Case therefore closed.

November 28, 1923

18

Credentials of Armando Santacruz, Jr., presented as Consulting Engineer of Mexican Section. Consulting Engineers requested to make joint report regarding replacement of monument on International Bridge between Laredo, Texas and Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas.

December 7, 1923

19

Consulting Engineers requested to report in writing if obstructions placed in river near Brownsville have been fully removed.

December 7, 1923

20

Reference Minute No. 14. Survey ordered to be made immediately upon conclusion of work at San Elizario. "Beaver Island."

December 8, 1923

21

Consulting Engineers requested to submit full report on proposed international boundary line on "Beaver Island."

December 12, 1923

22

Reference Minute No. 18. Consulting Engineers ordered to make investigation relative to replacement of monuments of bridge at Laredo, in connection with trip relative to "Beaver Island" matter.

December 12, 1923

23

Reference Minute No. 19. Consulting Engineers ordered to make investigation to see if obstruction placed in river near Brownsville had been completely removed, in connection with trip relative to "Beaver Island" matter.

December 12, 1923

24

Consulting Engineers instructed to investigate and report on conditions regarding obstructions in Rio Grande near Santa Fe Bridge. Case closed December 27, 1923

December 12, 1923

25

Consulting Engineers instructed to investigate and report relative to removal of Obstructions in Rio Grande constructed by Wells, Stillwell and Spears, opposite colony "El Porvenir," Chihuahua. Case Closed December 22, 1923.

December 12, 1923

26

Engineers of Commission instructed to cooperate with Engineers Arroyo and Lawson in connection with flood control and river rectification.

February 17, 1924

27

Consulting Engineers instructed to examine and report on proposed bridge plans for new concrete structure at Stanton Bridge.

March 3, 1924

28

Minutes Nos. 26 and 27 read and approved

March 10, 1924

29

Report of Consulting Engineers on Stanton Street Bridge submitted. Permit for this bridge approved subject to conditions as set forth in report of Consulting Engineers.

March 11, 1924

30

Reference Minute No. 25 and Consulting Engineers' report dated December 22, 1923. Report approved and case considered closed. (Wells, Stillwell and Spear).

March 11, 1924

31

Reference Minute No. 24 and Consulting Engineers' report of December 27, 1923. Report approved and case considered closed. ( Obstruction near Santa Fe Bridge ).

March 11, 1924

32

Instructions given Consulting Engineers for construction and placing of markers in English and Spanish on gaging stations

March 11, 1924

33

Meeting of Salvador Arroyo and L. M. Lawson before session of the Joint Commission relative to Proposed Protective Work in El Paso Valley called also hastan consulting engineers trip to Beaver Island.

March 11, 1924

34

Messrs. Lawson and Arroyo stated joint report to be submitted within ten days on Proposed Protective Works in El Paso Valley.

March 12, 1924

35

Messrs. Lawson and Arroyo presented preliminary statement and maps re protection work in El Paso Valley. Requested to make further detailed report and estimate of proposed work

April 2, 1924

36

Report of Messrs. Lawson and Arroyo presented to City and County officials. Preliminary report approved and request made to expedite completion of final report.

April 3, 1924

37

Reference Minutes 27 and 29-construction of the new concrete bridge at Stanton Street.

April 10, 1924

38

Credentials of Joaquin C. Bustamante presented as First Engineer of Mexican Section. Reference Minutes Nos. 19 and 23-report made that Obstruction had been removed and case considered closed. (Brownsville)

May 9, 1924

39

Reference-Minutes Nos. 18 and 22, replacement of international boundary monument on bridge at Laredo, Texas

May 9, 1924

40

Memorandum presented by Mexican Section regarding presentation to Boundary Commission of Projects proposed by individuals or either Government for approval in advance.

May 12, 1924

41

Petition for five cutoffs in the Rio Grande on San Elizario Island between Monument No. 21 and town of Fabnes.

June 3, 1924

42

Tornillo, Texas-meeting of representatives of El Paso and Hudspeth Counties with interested land owners and Commission re cutoffs on San Elizario Island.

June 6, 1924

43

Guadalupe, Chihuahua-meeting of representatives of El Paso and Hudspeth Counties with interested land owners of Mexico and Commission re cutoffs on San Elizario Island

June 6, 1924

44

Reports of Messrs. Lawson and Arroyo re San Elizario Island cutoffs referred to Consulting Engineers, and Consulting Engineers requested to submit report.

June 11, 1924

45

Report of Consulting Engineers re San Elizario Island cutoffs presentedand approved and maps signed.

July 7, 1924

46

Regarding appointment of committee on equitable distribution of waters of Rio Grande below Ft. Quitman

July 8, 1924

47

American Commission recommends approval of cutoffs Nos. 1, 2, and A, and rejection of 4, 5, and 3 on San Elizario Island. Final decision deferred pending further study and report.

July 10, 1924

48

Report of Consulting Engineers regarding protective works on RioGrande at Matamoros submitted.

July 11, 1924

49

Messrs. Lawson and Arroyo submitted report on proposed cutoffs on San Elizario Island, which report was approved.

September 8, 1924

50

Plans for survey and elimination of bancos on Rio Grande from El Paso to Ft. Quitman.

October 2, 1924

51

Re air survey of Rio Grande between El Paso and Ft. Quitman in connection with elimination of bancos.

October 2, 1924

52

Report and maps of Consulting Engineers on case of Beaver Island or Isla de Morteritos submitted.

October 23, 1924

53

Report submitted by Hidalgo County Water Improvement District No. 2 for permission to make cutoff in Rio Grande near town of Hidalgo.

February 3, 1925

54

Reference Minute No. 48-Report of Mexican Commission for flood control works submitted and Consulting Engineers asked to report.

February 27, 1925

55

Final report on flood protection in El Paso Valley submitted by Messrs. Lawson and Arroyo and verbal statement made. Consulting Engineers requested to make written report.

April 29, 1925

56

Reference Minute No. 53-petition by Hidalgo County Water Improvement District No. 2.

May 4, 1925

57

Report of Consulting Engineers submitted relative to construction of revetment on Rio Grande near Matamoros.

May 27, 1925

58

Regarding obstruction placed in river near McNary by Messrs. Wells, Stillwell and Spears

June 1, 1925

59

Report of Consulting Engineers relative to proposed flood works presented. Mr. Burges asked to report attitude of both City and County.

June 2, 1925

60

Reference Minute No. 58-After consideration obstructions referred to near McNary placed by Messrs. Wells, Stillwell and Spears are to be allowed to remain.

June 5, 1925

61

Recommendations made by Messrs. Lawson and Arroyo re river Rectification and protection approved.

June 23, 1925

62

Reference Minutes Nos. 53 and 56-Petition of Hidalgo County Water Improvement District No. 2-Report of Consulting Engineers submitted.

June 29, 1925

63

Re division works of Tornillo Canal on Rio Grande at San Elizario Island-Mr. Lawson requested to report.

July 17, 1925

64

Report of Consulting Engineers relative to Mr. Lawson's report re division works of Tornillo Canal on Rio Grande at San Elizario Island

Autust 25, 1925

65

Report of Consulting Engineers re topographic survey made in El Paso Valley for elimination of bancos

September 10, 1925

66

Credentials of Clark W. Creps presented as Secretary of American Section. Petition of J.M. Escajeda regarding change of river near Tornillo canal

October 16, 1925

67

Consulting Engineers requested to make thorough investigation of files and field notes of surveys made in Presidio and adjacent valley re elimination of bancos.

October 17, 1925

68

Petition for 3 cutoffs between Fabens and Monument No. 21 presented by C. W. Bickley-Petition was rejected.

October 30, 1925

69

Consulting Engineers requested to make survey and investigation of certain banco cases.

November 3, 1925

70

Consulting Engineers instructed to make survey of Colorado River and and investigate changes. Aerial survey suggested.

January 14, 1926

71

Repairing of Monuments on western boundary to be continued-cost to be divided.

January 14, 1926

72

Report of Consulting Engineers re banco cases in Presidio and El Mulato Valleys presented.

January 26, 1926

73

Relative to artificial cutoffs made in Rio Grande within the Island of San Elizario. Reference Minute No. 66. Further investigation to be made.

January 28, 1926

74

Renew bridge between Presidio, Texas and Ojinaga, Chihuahua,Consulting Engineers asked to report.

March 17, 1926

75

Reference Minute No. 74-Consulting Engineers' report received. No objection to construction of bridge at Presidio.

April 6, 1926

76

Danger of obstruction in Rio Grande near Santa Fe Street bridge.

April 6, 1926

77

Report of Consulting Engineers re obstructions in Rio Grande received and considered.

July 15, 1926

78

Report of Consulting Engineers re erection of standard Monument No. 204-A near left bank of Colorado River presented and map signed

July 15, 1926

79

Report of Consulting Engineers re erection of standard Monument No.142-A near San Miguel, Arizona, presented and map signed and approved.

July 15, 1926

80

Re swimming pool built on left of Rio Grande at Laredo, Texas. Must be removed.

July 15, 1926

81

Report of Consulting Engineers re placing repairing and painting of Monuments on Boundary line from Rio Grande to Pacific Ocean presented and approved.

July 28, 1926

82

Embankment constructed across bed of Rio Grande at upper end of Elam cut ordered removed and river restored to original channel.

July 28, 1926

83

Re survey of portion of Colorado River that forms boundary between U.S. and Mexico. Meeting to be held in Yuma

August 4, 1926

84

Meeting called for September 17 at Yuma, Arizona re alleged Farmers banco.

September 8, 1926

85

Yuma, Arizona-Testimony re Farmers and Fain Bancos.

September 17, 1926

86

Re survey of El Paso Valley for elimination of bancos.

October 1, 1926

87

Re topographical survey of the Lower Rio Grande and investigations for elimination of bancos between Roma and the Gulf.

October 1, 1926

88

Re monument at International Boundary line on bridge across the Rio Grande at Hidalgo, Texas and Reynosa, Tamaulipas.

October 2, 1926

89

Report of Consulting Engineers on erection of monument on the international boundary between Hidalgo, Texas and Reynosa, Tamaulipas received.

December 2, 1926

90

Monument to be placed on bridge across Rio Grande between Eagle Pass, Texas and Piedras Negras, Coahuila

December 24, 1926

91

Re construction of new bridge at Brownsville, Texas

January 13, 1927

92

Report of Consulting Engineers presented and map signed re monument on bridge across Rio Grande between Eagle Pass, Texas and Piedras Negras, coahuila.

March 21, 1927

93

Report of consulting Engineers re dam construction on Rio Grande above Haciendita, Texas.

March 22, 1927

94

Consulting Engineers instructed to survey bancos in vicinity of EaglePass upon completion of surveys in Lower Rio Grande.

April 12, 1927

95

Maps showing survey in 1911 of the Lower Rio Grande from Roma toGulf made by Joint Commission-after careful comparison to be certified.

April 12, 1927

96

Brownsville, Texas-re survey and inspection of 40 alleged bancos.

April 22, 1927

97

Credentials of Lawrence M. Lawson presented as Commissioner,study to be made of an international convention for rectification of Rio Grande.

June 4, 1927

98

Instructions to be asked of Government re outlining proposed treatybetween U.S. and Mexico

June 7, 1927

99

Re accretions lands on Colorado River-also Farmers and Fain Bancos.Decision reached.

October 26, 1927

100

Consulting Engineers instructed to make survey in Presidio and adjacent valley for elimination of bancos.

November 23, 1927

101

Petition of users of San Agustin Canal in Juarez Valley to construct a temporary diversion dam in the Rio Grande.

February 27, 1928

102

Consulting Engineers ordered to investigate and survey the change in the channel of the Rio Grande at Campo Grande Arroyo.

February 27, 1928

103

Joint Commission meeting at Rio Grande City to examine case of alleged Banco No. 91, "Las Adjuntas."

April 21, 1928

104

Elimination of Bancos Nos. 90 and 92 thru 131

April 23, 1928

105

Erection of Monument on bridge between Roma, Texas, and San Pedro de Mier, Tamaulipas.

May 26, 1928

106

Elimination of Banco No. 91 "Las Adjuntas."

May 26, 1928

107

Consulting Engineers requested to report on existing conditions between the levees on the North and South sides of the Rio Grande between El Paso and Juarez

May 29, 1928

108

Commissioners approved report of Consulting Engineers -erection of monument marking international boundary line on bridge between Brownsville, Texas and Matamoros, Tamaulipas.

October 19, 1928

109

Commissioners approved report of Consulting Engineers -erection of monument marking international boundary line on bridge between Mercedes, Texas and San Rafael, Tamaulipas

October 19, 1928

110

Petition for protection works on the Mexican margin of Rio Grande in vicinity of Pumping Plant of Villa Nueva, Texas.

October 29, 1928

111

Preliminary report on stabilization of the boundary line and rectification of the Rio Grande by the Commissioners.

December 21, 1928

112

Commissioners approved report of Consulting Engineers -erection of monument marking international boundary line on bridge between Zapata, Texas and Ciudad Guerrero, Tamaulipas.

May 18, 1929

113

Commissioners approved report of Consulting Engineers-erection of monument marking international boundary line on bridge between Ysleta, Texas an Zaragosa, Chihuahua

July 3, 1929

114

Controversy over lands alleged to be accretions to La Puerta Banco No. 59. Consulting Engineers ordered to investigate.

July 22, 1929

115

Commissioners approved report of Consulting Engineers -erection of monument marking international boundary line on bridge between Zapata, Texas and Ciudad Guerrero, Tamaulipas.

July 30, 1929

116

Commissioners approved report of Consulting Engineers-accretions near "La Puerta" Banco No. 59

August 10, 1929

117

Obstructions in Rio Grande between foundation of McMahan building And north abutment of Santa Fe Bridge.

November 30, 1929

118

Levee for protection of town of Guadalupe, Chihuahua

December 30, 1929

119

Hearing of parties interested in alleged bancos pending for elimination in Presidio and adjacent valleys.

February 4, 1930

120

Investigation of five tracts of land in the Presidio Valley, during February. Forty witnesses heard.

February 19, 1930

121

Meeting of the Commission with all parties interested in bancos pending elimination in the El Paso Valley.

March 3, 1930

122

Elimination of Weber Banco

March 18, 1930

123

Elimination of San Lorenzo Banco

March 21, 1930

124

Elimination of Gallego and Nunez Bancos

April 9, 1930

125

Elimination of La Cachanilla, Rinco de Marcelino and Camp Rice Bancos

April 25, 1930

126

Elimination of El Carino Banco

April 28, 1930

127

Elimination of Las Piedras and Max Muller Bancos

May 1, 1930

128

Rectification of the Rio Grande. Meeting called for development of final plans

July 28, 1930

129

Report on Rio Grande Rectification

July 31, 1930

130

Buchanan Case

October 4, 1930

131

River Case

October 20, 1930

132

Guadalupe Case

October 21, 1930

133

General Map, El Paso-Juarez Valley

March 21, 1931

134

Elimination of La Pacualilla and Morelos Bancos

May 20, 1931

135

Claim of Mrs. Garcia Cuellar. Near Banco No. 120 "La Soledad."

May 20, 1931

136

Elimination of La Pascualilla and Morelos Bancos.

May 22, 1931

137

Monumentation of International Railroad Bridge between New Presidio, Texas and Nueva Ojinaga, Chihuahua.

May 23, 1931

138

Elimination of El Morilo Banco

February 25, 1932

139

Elimination of El Diablo Segundo Banco

May 12, 1932

140

Boca Chica Bridge Project

December 8, 1932

141

Elimination of Holinsworth Banco

July 17, 1933

142

Elimination of Vilarreales Segundo Banco

February 27, 1934

143

Illegal Obstructions in the Rio Grande; San Agustin, Dave Gill and Banderas Dams. (Not approved by Mexico.)

May 28, 1934

144

Plans of final location of rectified channel of the Rio Grande in the El Paso-Juarez Valley

June 14, 1934

145

Regulations pertaining to elimination of tracts segregated by the Rio Grande rectification works, pursuant to the February 1, 1933 Convention

June 11, 1935

146

Action on Parcels Nos. 141 to 151, inclusive Rio Grande Rectification Projects, El Paso-Juarez Valley

August 20, 1935

147

Action on Parcels Nos. 1, 9, 10, 24, and 25, Rio Grande Rectification Projects, El Paso-Juarez Valley.

September 24, 1935

148

Works which each Government shall undertake on the Rio Grande Rectification Project in accordance with the Convention of February 1, 1933.

October 28, 1935

149

Erection of additional monuments to mark the International Boundary line along Cordova Island ( Cordova Cut), El Paso-Juarez Valley

November 8, 1935

150

Action on Parcels Nos. 2, 3, and 4, Rio Grande Rectification Project, El Paso-Juarez Valley

December 13, 1935

151

Action on Parcels Nos. 107, 108, 109, 110, and 111, Rio Grande Rectification Project, El Paso-Juarez Valley.

December 16, 1935

152

Actions on Parcels Nos. 130, 131, 132, 133, 134, 135, 136, 137, 138, 139, and 140, Rio Grande Rectification Project, El Paso-Juarez Valley

June 3, 1936

153

Action on Parcels Nos. 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 20, 21, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, and 29, Rio Grande Rectification Project, El Paso-Juarez Valley.

September 9, 1936

154

Action on Parcels Nos. 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, and 106, Rio Grande Rectification Project, El Paso-Juarez Valley

September 9, 1936

155

Action on Parcels Nos. 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120, 121, 122, 123, 125, 126, 127, 128 and 129, Rio Grande Rectification Project, El Paso-Juarez Valley

December 9, 1936

156

Action on Parcels Nos. 16, 17, 30, 31, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88 and 89, Rio Grande Rectification Project, El Paso-Juarez Valley.

February 27, 1937

157

Action on Parcels Nos. 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 47, 48, 49 and 50, Rio Grande Rectification Project, El Paso-Juarez Valley

May 10, 1937

158

Plan of Location of the Rectified Channel of the Rio Grande in the El Paso-Juarez Valley

June 14, 1937

159

Plans of Final Location of Rectified Channel of the Rio Grande through San Elizario Island Area, El Paso-Juarez Valley.

August 20, 1937

160

Adoption of an official pennant for use as a means of identification of vehicles operated by the personnel of the Commis sion in their travels across the international boundary on official business

November 12, 1937

161

Plans for the allocation of work which the governments of the U.S. and Mexico shall undertake in the San Elizario Island area of the Rio Grande rectification project

November 17, 1937

162

Action on Parcels Nos. 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 112 and 124, Rio Grande Rectification Project El Paso-Juarez Valley

February 15, 1938

163

Actions on parcels Nos. 152, 153, 154, 155, 156, 157, 158, 159, 160, 161, 162, 163, 164, 166, 167, 168, 169, 170, 171, 172, 173, 174 and 175, Rio Grande Rectification Project El Paso-Juarez Valley

June 2, 1938

164

Actions on Parcels Nos. 46 and 66, Rio Grande Rectification Project, El Paso-Juarez Valley

July 20, 1938

165

Rules and regulations for the maintenance and preservation of the Rio Grande Rectification Project in the El Paso-Juarez Valley

August 13, 1938

166

Action of the Commission on the Elimination of Banco No. 137 " Lozano" in the Lower Rio Grande Valley

April 3, 1939

167

Additional works which each Government shall undertake between kilometer 117.9 and kiloireter 135.0 of the Rio Grande Rectification Project in accordance with the Convention of February 1, 1933

May 15, 1939

168

Works which each Government should undertake on account of existing conditions in the Channel of the Rio Grande at El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua

December 20, 1939

169

Elimination of Bancos Nos. 138 " Progreso" and 139, "Las Flores" in the Lower Rio Grande Valley

June 6, 1940

170

Elimination of Bancos Nos. 415 "San Antonio," 416 "Angostura," 147 "Casner," and 418 "Ruidosa" in the Presidio-Ojinaga Valley

February 18, 1941

171

Elimination of Bancos Nos. 140 "Nogales" and 141 "Las Ruelas" on the Lower Rio Grande

May 2, 1941

172

Monumentation of new bridge over the Rio Grande between Hidalgo, Texas and Reynosa, Tamaulipas

August 30, 1941

173

Banco No. 142 "Las Palomas" - Lower Rio Grande

Februar 27, 1942

174

Supplemental construction work which each government shouldundertake under the Convention of February 1, 1933, on account of existing conditions in the Rio Grande Rectification Project in the El Paso-Juarez Valley

March 3, 1942

175

Bancos Nos. 143 "Rock Bend," 144 "La Pareda," 145 "Los Fresnos," 146 "Orribe" - Lower Rio Grande

December 15, 1943

176

Upper Canyon Bancos Nos. 321 through 332

June 5, 1944

177

Bancos Nos. 147 "Weil" and 148 "Las Antonias" Lower Rio Grande

December 21, 1944

178

Bancos Nos. 333 "El Comedor," 419 "Kilpatrick" 420 "Candelaria," 421 "Candela," 422 "Palo Blanco," 423 "Guadalupe," 424 "Tascate," 425 "Chinati," 426 "Mimbres," 427 "La Quemada," 428 "Buenavista," and 429 "Gleim."

March 16, 1945

179

Bancos Nos. 149, 150, 151 and 152

June 29, 1945