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State lawmakers recently considered a handful of bills that dealt with the Gila River. The future of the river is an ongoing debate outside of the legislative session.

The Interstate Stream Commission voted last fall to move forward with plans to pursue a diversion project, although the final proposal has not yet been settled.

NMiF correspondent Gwyneth Doland sat down with Craig  Roepke, deputy director of the ISC,  at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe.

Gwyeth Doland also spoke with Norman Gaume, a former ISC director who sued the commission for violations of the state Open Meetings Act. The ISC filed a countersuit against Gaume alleging that his suit intended to cause the commission to miss a deadline to move forward with plans to build a diversion on the Gila River.

Gaume’s attorney Dan Yohalem also joined the conversation to shed some lights on the current legal issues.

Web Extra: Norman Gaume tells NMiF what projects he thinks should be considered for the communities along the Gila River.

1 Comment

  1. Tami Williams on December 20, 2015 at 11:00 am

    There is a lot of secrecy re diversion. At public meeting comments are allowed before the meeting but not during. This maneuver makes fools out of the public and they stop attending. Also, the water will serve a very small group of individuals but the rest of us will foot the bill in the style condoned in California and other states wither “political” dams. It has been estimated that water bills would be 10 times higher for a large group of struggling earners. There is also American Magnesium Mining (presently seeking investors but has as yet no permits) which will do a lot of damage to the Floridas and which will establish a processing plant where the pipe carrying water from the Gila River will end (at the Peru Mill site). This is a much bigger can of worms than has been aired. In my opinion this is another effort by those who have to take advantage of those who need. Some say this will create jobs. Our population doesn’t have the necessary skills or education (as has been much publicized) and that suggest jobs that will consist of washing floor and cleaning toilets. Luna County needs help but not this diversion or the various schemes to bring jobs to the county by government officials many of whom we cannot trust to give us the time of day.