Nov. 8, 2019 – Supporters of an oft-changing plan to use water from the Gila River in southwestern New Mexico have asked the federal government for more time to determine the best use of that river. Tens of millions of federal dollars hang in the balance if a diversion is built, but opponents of the plan point to the nearly $14 million spent on haggling over a series of shrinking projects as evidence that the state should focus existing federal dollars on more practical water projects. Environmental reporter and “Our Land” correspondent Laura Paskus speaks with host Gene Grant about the latest developments.
Laura Paskus, environmental reporter
For Further Reading:
A history of how the 2004 Arizona Water Settlements Act has been implemented in New Mexico – New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission, Oct. 25, 2019
The latest plan favored by local officials – Silver City Daily Press
New Mexico Unit of the Central Arizona Project – U.S. Bureau of Reclamation