New Mexico’s Gila River is an ecological gem. Its riparian forests has one of the highest concentrations of breeding birds in the country and its waters support the endangered loach minnow, spike dace and Gila trout. Riparian zones are significant in ecology and environmental management because of their role in soil conservation, their habitat biodiversity, and the influence they have on fauna and aquatic ecosystems.
After three previous failed attempts to dam and divert the iconic Gila river, the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission and local New Mexico CAP Entity are planning the Gila River diversion project — a billion-dollar project. The New Mexico Unit Agreement must be signed by the NM CAP Entity and Secretary Jewell by November 23rd.
Help Save the Gila River
- The Gila River is an ecological treasure that needs to be protected.
- The diversion project will yield little to no water in many years.
- The Gila diversion is expected to be expensive, estimated at $800M to $1 billion with continuing costs at $10 million each.
- The federal funds available will pay for only a small fraction of the construction cost of the NM Unit, leaving a gap of up to $900+ million for taxpayers and water users to cover.
- The area’s long-term water needs can be met by other proven means — conservation, groundwater management, water recycling and watershed restoration.
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