File No. 711.1216M/134.
The Secretary of State to the American Ambassador.
Washington, October 26, 1910.
Sir: The Department incloses herewith copies of two letters from the Department of the Interior, dated October 17, with inclosures consisting of copies of correspondence between that department and Mr. J. A. Ockerson, consulting engineer, and the report of Mr. Ockerson on the protection of lands and property in Imperial Valley, Cal., and elsewhere along the Colorado River, pursuant to joint resolution of Congress of June 25, 1910. A careful perusal of the inclosures to this dispatch will inform you fully as to the matter.
You will present this matter to the Mexican Government, and furnish it with a copy of the report of Mr. Ockerson, beginning at page 26 thereof in order to eliminate from the negotiations with Mexico any matter relating to the right to the waters of the Colorado River, since any discussion involving an agreement with regard to these waters would be likely to prolong the negotiations. You will request the consent of the Mexican Government to the erection of the desired levee on Mexican territory and express the desire of this Government [Page 543] that the matter may be given urgency, since it is essential to the accomplishment of the purpose contemplated by the joint resolution of Congress that the work be proceeded with in all dispatch in order that the flood season of May and June, 1911, may be anticipated and avoided.
For your information a blue print of map showing the country in the proposed works and to be protected thereby is also inclosed.
I am, etc.,