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Gila River Update

gila update

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 officialsSilver City Daily Press

New Mexico CAP Entity 

New Mexico Unit of the Central Arizona Project – U.S. Bureau of Reclamation 


Our Land: Gila River

Our Land Gila Master

August 9, 2019 – In this month’s installment of Our Land, correspondent Laura Paskus travels to a remote part of the Gila National Forest for an in-depth report on the battle over the Gila River. Once again, a proposal for a diversion on the southwestern New Mexico waterway has people who live along the river – and those who have other interests – trying to either save the river or reroute its waters to serve agricultural and business purposes.

Todd Schulke, co-founder, Center for Biological Diversity
Norman Gaume, retired director, New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission
Pete Domenici, Jr.,attorney, New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity