Minute 323

On September 21, 2017, the U.S. and Mexican Sections of the International Boundary and Water Commission signed Minute No. 323, titled "Extension of Cooperative Measures and Adoption of a Binational Water Scarcity Contingency Plan in the Colorado River Basin". This Minute was an extension of Minute 319, signed November 20, 2012 and titled “Interim International Cooperative Measures in the Colorado River Basin through 2017 and Extension of Minute 318 Cooperative Measures to Address the Continued Effects of the April 2010 Earthquake in the Mexicali Valley, Baja California”. These two Minutes incorporated the implementation of years of previous studies and Minutes for addressing issues into a program of binational cooperation.

Minute 323 establishes a framework for discussion of Colorado river joint cooperative actions and provides opportunities for a wide variety of water conservation projects and the opportunity to monitor these activities.


The Meaning of a "Minute"

The U.S. International Boundary and Water Commission has prepared a description of the complex protocol regarding the “Minute” process. In part, it includes the following:

The 1944 Water Treaty specifies that decisions of the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) are recorded in the form of Minutes. Minutes are considered implementing agreements of the treaty. They are not treaty amendments. For example, the treaty says the IBWC may build dams on the Rio Grande. The Minutes specify where the dams will be built, how the costs will be shared between the two countries, etc.

Before the U.S. Section of the IBWC develops a Minute, it seeks negotiating authority from the Department of State. Once the Minute is negotiated, the USIBWC goes through a formal process to seek Department of State approval to sign the Minute, known as the Circular 175 process or C-175. This process may also involve consultations with other federal agencies and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee staff or members.

The Mexican Section of the IBWC goes through a similar domestic review/clearance process. Taken from the following: Arizona Department of Water Resources


Environmental Workgroup of Minute 323




What's New

Foundational Treaty and Minutes for Minute 323

Minute 318 - (12/17/2010, in El Paso, TX)

Minute 317 - (6/17/2010 Cd. Juarez, Chih)

Minute 316 - (4/16/2010, Yuma, AZ)

Minute 306 - (12/12/2000, El Paso, Texas)

1944 Treaty - (Signed in Washington DC on February 3, 1944)