Originating in America’s first wilderness, the Gila is rich in biological diversity and cultural history. The Gila provides significant economic value to the region through outdoor recreation and wilderness experience.

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Originating in America’s first wilderness, the Gila is rich in biological diversity and cultural history. The Gila provides significant economic value to the region through outdoor recreation and wilderness experience.

Ask Gov. Martinez to protect the Gila River from diversion projects.>>

Ask Gov. Martinez to protect the Gila River from diversion projects.>>

The threats to the Gila River, the last free-flowing river in New Mexico, are reaching a critical point.

The New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission (ISC) is under deadline to make a decision on whether to divert the Gila. The 2014 legislative session is the last opportunity for the legislature to evaluate and weigh in on the diversion and non-diversion alternatives before the ISC makes its final decision.

Send a message to Governor Martinez asking her to protect the Gila River from diversions projects.>>

Because of the Arizona Water Settlements Act, New Mexico can use the water in the Gila River – including building a pipeline to divert the water. Proposed Gila River diversion projects could cost New Mexico taxpayers upwards of $200 million.

A Gila River diversion project is unnecessary, expensive, and will harm the Gila River. An overwhelming majority of New Mexicans believe we should use our current water supplies more wisely and protect the Gila River for people, wildlife and future generations. Southwestern New Mexico’s future water needs can be met cost-effectively through non-diversion alternatives, such as municipal and agricultural conservation, sustainable groundwater management, effluent reuse and watershed restoration.

Tell Gov. Martinez to support cost effective, non-diversion alternatives to meet southwest New Mexico’s future water needs.>>

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