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2014-2017 - NM Wildlife plan  
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NM 2016 Legislation realted to water  

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Author and unconventional environmentalist "Dutch" Salmon is a fierce defender of the Gila River and other wild things- more here:
Desert Exposure

2-015 - NM Unit agreement between the US Secretary of the Interrior and NM CAP Entity  

October 2005 - NM Consumptive Use and Forbearance Agreement Among the Gila River Indian community, San Carlos irrigation and Drainage District, The United States, Franklin Irrigation District, et al - Click here

January 12, 2026 - Department of the Interior and NM Central AZ Project Entity Sign Agreement to Further Evaluate a Gila River Water Project

2013 - Assessment of Climate Change
in the Southwest United States Click here

NM-AZ Water Settlemtns Act  

Gila Conservation Coalition The Battle to Save New Mexico's Last Wild River

Protect the Gila  

John Fleck - reports on NM Water  
Specirfically the Gila  

New Mexico Wilderness Alliance  

Think Tank New Mexico     

Gila National Forest 

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National Geographic "Water Currents"


Please sign the petition to help bring the water grab issue to theattention of the legislation:

Texas files water suit against NM (D Chieftain)
National Geographic Water Currents
Global Water Policy Project
IATP - Institute for Ag. and Trade Policy
USGS search results for Augustin Plains



June 3, 2022 - Wishing the Gila Wilderness a Happy 98th Birthday. CounterPunch   Related reading: First & Wild West. Torrey House Publishers

May 13, 2021 -
The Gila River Indian Community innovates for a drought-ridden future. ... Through partnerships and exchanges, the community is ensuring that its members have long-term access to their own resources while helping solve broader water supply problems.  HCN

March 22, 2021--
Meditations from the Greater Gila: On the Possibility of Wolves, the Actuality of Dark Skies, and Actualizing the Possible. CounterPunch

March 21, 2021-
Legislation to End the Gila Diversion for Good Passes the Senate!
House Bill 200 passed the senate by a tally of 25-16 on March 17 after passing the house of representatives by a tally of 43-24 on February 25. It now heads to the governor's desk and awaits her signature! RELATED: What is the Gila River Project? Wiki

February 24, 2021 - From NM Wild:
Tell Your Representative to End the Gila Diversion for Good!. House Bill 200, which is sponsored by Reps. Matthew McQueen and Nathan Small and Sens. Mimi Stewart and Siah Correa Hemphill, would fast-track NM Unit Funding to priority water projects, creating long-term water security and jobs in southwest New Mexico. ...
Last June, nearly 9,000 messages were sent to the to the Interstate Stream Commission (ISC) and convinced its members to finally defund the costly and wasteful Gila diversion plan. Many of you also helped HB200 pass the House Agriculture & Water Resources and Judiciary committees this month. ... Now, HB200 authorizes the more qualified Water Trust Board to recommend how the remaining $80 million in the NM Unit Fund will be spent on water improvement projects in Catron, Grant, Hidalgo, and Luna counties, replacing the group behind the failed Gila diversion - a group that still wants to pursue a diversion. ... The legislation is necessary because it prohibits spending any of the $80 million on a future diversion! ... The bill will be up for a vote in the full House of Representatives this week. Help us make sure it passes and goes to the Senate! tContact your Rep.

February 11, 2021-
Tell Legislators to End the Gila Diversion for Good. Download.pdf from NM Wild.

December 2, 2020 -
Federal Grazing Fees: the Hidden Subsidy. CounterPunch

June 25, 2020 -
Thank New Mexico's Leaders for Ending the Gila Diversion!
Download Press Release See also June 16 below

June 16, 2020 -
The New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission (ISC) will hold a vote on Thursday, June 18 to decide whether or not to continue funding the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) evaluation of the harmful, wasteful Gila Diversion Project. Please send a message to ISC commissioners urging them to VOTE NO and kill the project for good. Vote here Download Press Release

May 12, 2020 -
“M.H. Dutch Salmon Greater Gila Wild and Scenic River Act” - Introduced in NM Legislature by Martin Heinrich and Tom Udal

April 11, 2020 -
Comment by April 16 to protect river segments in the Gila! Click here  

April 11, 2020 - A Compendium of Questions & AnswersRelating to Wild & Scenic Rivers (May 1997) Click here

March 31, 2020 -
From New Mexico Wild March 31, 2010
Comment by April 16 to protect Wilderness in the Gila! The Gila National Forest is currently revising its forest management plan for the first time since 1986. The final version of this plan will determine how Wilderness, wildlife, water, and other natural resources are managed within the Forest for the next 20-30 years. Download announcement  

March 7, 2020 -
Wild and Scenic bill opponents out in force at meeting. Silver City Daily

February 20, 2020 -
Reforming Expectations to Save Western Rivers. ... Recently, former Interior Secretary Babbitt proposed an alternative to the highly controversial yet difficult-to-kill Gila River diversion project, which would dam and divert water from the last free-flowing river in New Mexico  CounterPunch   Related:  Damming the Gila a vampire proposal  Santa Fe New Mexican

February 20, 2020 -
How the Military is Raiding Public Lands and Civilian Spaces Across the Western Front. CounterPunch

February 5, 2020 -
New Mexico deserves wild, scenic Gila River - Howie Morales, NM Lieutenant Governor.  
Chieftain Letter

August 27, 2019 -
San Carlos Apache Leader: Proposed Oak Flat Mine Is an Environmental Injustice
Phoenix New Times

September 26, 2019 -
Grant County Passes Wild & Scenic Resolution!

August 3, 2019 -
“Voices of the Gila” – local community members who love the Gila River and believe it should be protected for generations to come through Wild and Scenic designations. Voices  

January 30, 2019 -
Board Member Harry Browne OpEd on the Gila River  NMELC  

March 2019 -
NM Environmental Law Center Green Fire Report
Mt. Taylor Mind; LANL Consent Order; HB 220; HB 255 - Legislation update

October 22, 2018 - PROTEST COPPER FLAY MINE -
The New Mexico Mining and Minerals Division (MMD) is holding a public hearing October 23 -24 on the Permit Application Package and Draft Environmental Evaluation in consideration of issuing a new mine operation permit for the Copper Flat Mine, 5 miles northeast of Hillsboro and 30 miles southwest of Truth or Consequences. More information: Action Network or NM Enviromental Law Center   or Michael Jensen at (505) 362-1063 or Download flyer

September 4, 2018 -
Senator Heinrich: Gila not appropriate for flyovers.
 NM Wild  

June 26, 2017 -
Attend a rally in opposition to the Gila River diversion and then join us to make public comment at the NEPA scoping meetings scheduled for 4pm to 7 pm. More info  

New Analysis Demonstrates Importance of Gila National Forest-Northern Arizona Wildlife Corridor for Mexican Wolf Recovery. NM Wild Or PDF file  

June 4, 2018-
Importance of Gila National Forest For Mexican Wolf Recovery. Wildlands Network  

Standoff Over Mexican Gray Wolf Continues in Southwestern U.S. NatureNow  

New Analysis Demonstrates Importance of Gila National Forest-Northern Arizona Wildlife Corridor for Mexican Wolf Recovery. New Mexico Wild  

January 7, 2018 - Though New Mexico's national monuments appear to have avoided the sweeping acreage roll-backs happening in Utah, the Interior Department's recommendations for Rio Grande del Norte National Monument and Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks have many worried. Taos News

The Gila National Forest has released their Draft Wilderness Inventory maps, and the public is invited to submit comments. The draft maps total more than 1.2 million acres. New Mexico Wild volunteers have worked for the last four and half years helping to influence these draft maps. Public input is critical to ensure that these areas make it into the Final Wilderness Inventory, and your personal experiences and comments are essential to making that a reality.The Wilderness Homepage for the Gila National Forest 

June 20, 2017 -
Defending New Mexico’s Public Lands.
ProgressNow NM

June 19, 2017 -
Stealth Logging in the National Forests.
Counter Punch

June 11, 2017 -
Nature Conservancy puts hold on Gila River diversion project. ... The Gila River diversion project has run into a snag: The Nature Conservancy, which owns the land at the proposed site, won’t grant access to the property. Abq Journal

April 2016 -
Legislative update from NM WIlderness Alliance:
Senate Bill 340, which would require legislature approval and a showing of feasibility before money is spent on large diversion projects like the one proposed for the Gila river, was passed by the Senate Conservation Committee but was tabled (and dead for the Session) by the Senate Finance Committee. We expect this bill to be reintroduced in future Sessions.

July 25, 2016 - several articles at the New Mexico WIlderness Society website on the
Gila River Project

May 4, 2016 - The Gila River - the last free flowing river in New Mexico (Video)

January 7, 2016 - The Battle to Save New Mexico's last Wild River    (Artile on TruthOut)

July 25, 2014 - Groundwater in SW (Colorado basin) disappearing    

Sept 27, 2011 National Geographic article: Still Wild and Free, New Mexico’s Gila River is Again Under Threat

NM Unit Fund Stream Commission Actions   


AWSA Update: NM CAP Entity’s Financial Capacity Called into Question as Deadline Looms   

Fiscal Impact of HB 301   

Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law Section - State Bar of NM 2011 Report  

How federal dollars are financing the water crisis in the West   - Killing the Colorado  

Central Arizona Project - 2002 UCB Report  

Groundwater, Drought, California/Arizona, and Miscounting Water  

Inside the power plant fueling America’s

Farmers in the Gila River basin have already sucked down $500 million in government pork.... rest of the story available here   

Udal Releases Report on How to Handle Droughts in NM   

Related to the article:

April 5, 2013 -
Drought Tests the Rio Grande
March 28, 2013 - Plains designated a ‘most endangered place’ (Letter - D Chieftain)

Arabian use of non-renewal Aquifers
UN water agenda risk of being hijacked
by big business

Texas files water suit against NM
(D Chieftain)
National Geographic Water Currents
Global Water Policy Project
IATP - Institute for Ag. and Trade Policy
USGS Augustin Plains search results


Nov. 23, 2015 - Dept of the Interior and NM Central AZ Project Entity Sign Agreement to Further
Evaluate a Gila River Water Project  Click here

Oct 15, 2105 - The Gila River Diversion: A drain on limited state resources better spent elsewhere
Click here  

2015-NM UNIT AGREEMENT .. between the USA, acting through the Secretary of the Interior, and the
NM CAP ENTITY formed under the Joint Powers Agreement titled “Joint Powers Agreement New
Mexico CAP Entity” and dated July 27,2015.
Full document here

Gila River System  

Bureau of Reclamation Gila River Map

Gila River on Wiki  

Google search for Gila Images  

AZ Dept. of Water Resources Lower CO River hydrologgy

Cost of Diversion of Gila River Water FAQ  

2014 - Interstate Stream Commission Misled by Staff - Gila Conservaton Report   

Interstate Stream Commission Decides to Move Forward with Gila River Diversion    

HB 301 (Martinez) Title: Create New Mexico Unit Fund
Purpose: Establishes the “New Mexico Unit Fund.” The NM Unit Fund will receive and account for federal payments that the State will receive under the federal Arizona Water Settlements Act of 2004 (“AWSA”). Under the AWSA, the State will receive at least $66 million for the purpose of developing water in the Gila River Basin and an additional $62 million if the State constructs a New Mexico Unit of the Central Arizona Project.

April 30, 2013 - Sen. Udall unveils proposals targeting NM drought  (Las Cruses News)  

April 24, 2013 - New Mexico grapples with tough choices amid drought   

April 24, 2013 - New Mexico drought not getting any better   

May 1, 2013 - Udall releases study outlining water options  

July 1, 2015 - In Drying Colorado River Basin, Indian Tribes Are Water Dealmakers   

Nov. 24, 2014 - Stream commission votes to divert water from Gila River   



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