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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: Clean Water Rules

Our Land Clean Waters Rule

February 8, 2019 – In an arid state like New Mexico, all of our waters are critically important. Even the smallest streams and most remote wetlands. This month for Our Land, Laura Paskus takes is from high in the Sandia Mountains to down along the Middle Rio Grande to learn about why “temporary” waterways are so important – and also why they’re at increased risk.

Keep up with our coverage on the Our Land Facebook page and YouTube channel.

For Further Reading:

Revised Clean Water Rule leaves out most of NM’s waterways – Laura Paskus, New Mexico Political Report