The American Commissioner, International Boundary Commission, United States and Mexico (Curry) to the Secretary of State
[Received July 1.]
Sir: Enclosed find copy of Minute No. 61 of a meeting held at the offices of the Mexican Section, Juarez, Chih., at ten A.M., June 23, 1925, for the purpose of taking final action on the petition of the City and County of El Paso, Texas, presented through their attorney, Major Richard F. Burges.
After a careful review of the report of Engineers L. M. Lawson, representing the United States and Salvador Arroyo, representing the Republic of Mexico, together with the report of the Consulting Engineers of this Commission, it was decided that these proposed cuts in the Rio Grande which extend from the cities of Juarez, Mexico and El Paso, Texas, for about eight miles down the river will have the effect of protecting the cities of El Paso and Juarez and valuable farming land from flood menace.
The plans of the engineers representing the two Governments, in which our Commission heartily concurs in provides for a continuation of the work of straightening the river, building levees, et cetera, through the entire El Paso valley, which on the American side is composed of the counties of El Paso and Hudspeth, and on the south side, the municipalities of Juarez, Guadalupe, Porvenir and San Ignacio.[Page 575]
The expenses incurred in this work on the American side will be paid by the city and county of El Paso, and on the Mexican side by agencies of the Federal Government as their local municipalities are unable to bear the burden incurred by the proposed river cuts and levee system.
The Consulting Engineers of our Commission state that the bed of the Rio Grande has risen so high that unless there is some immediate measures taken there is great danger of a disastrous flood which will do great damage to a part of the cities of El Paso and Juarez and to the farmers below the two cities.
In view of all the circumstances I earnestly request that you approve our recommendations authorizing the proposed cuts in the Rio Grande, with the understanding that the expenses incurred so far as the United States is concerned will be paid by the city and county of El Paso, and that the proposed cuts shall be made under the supervision of our Commission through our respective Consulting Engineers.
I am [etc.]