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Deadline nears for decision on Gila River

February 1, 2014 • State News

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Should the state’s last free-flowing river be allowed to keep running free, or should it be managed as a new supply of water for parts of southwestern New Mexico?

New Mexico has rights to some of the Gila River and one of its tributaries under a 2004 settlement with Arizona. The deadline for deciding what to do with the water is at the end of the year.

If New Mexico doesn’t use the water, it will keep flowing into Arizona and the state will forgo millions of dollars in federal funds available for construction of a diversion project.

Environmentalists and sportsmen contend any dams or diversions would harm the Login to read more

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