The New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission on November 24 said “yes” to a controversial proposal to divert water from the Gila River for use in southwestern New Mexico farms and cities – but with reservations.
The commission agreed to formally notify the U.S. Department of Interior that it wants to proceed with a project that would divert water from the Gila during times of high flow, building reservoir storage so that it can then be piped for as yet unidentified uses.
Read our briefing paper here.
TELL GOVERNOR MARTINEZ “NO” TO A GILA RIVER DIVERSION
The time is now for the future of the Gila River, the last major undammed river in New Mexico. At the end of 2014, the state of New Mexico must notify the Secretary of the Interior if it will move forward with a diversion project under the Arizona Water Settlements Act (AWSA). It is difficult to imagine how the wild Gila here in New Mexico could be reduced to an industrialized zone with diversions, canals, access roads, reservoirs and fences like it is in Arizona.A Gila River diversion doesn’t make sense. It is infeasible – it is too expensive, with costs over $1 billion, will yield little water after evaporation and leaky reservoirs, and it will negatively impact the Gila’s fragile ecology including six threatened and endangered species.
The answer is simple. Meet southwest New Mexico’s long-term water needs by using AWSA funding to implement local community water projects that will save the taxpayer money and protect the Gila River for future generations.
PLEASE SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR THE WILD GILA RIVER AND ATTEND ONE OF THESE IMPORTANT MEETINGS! PLEASE ALSO TAKE A MOMENT TO CONTACT GOV. SUSANA MARTINEZ, TELLING HER TO SUPPORT COST-EFFECTIVE, NON-DIVERSION PROJECTS INSTEAD.