Gila River legislation stalls in Senate committee

February 14, 2014 • State News

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is no closer to deciding what to do with its share of the Gila River after a measure aimed at addressing the dilemma over whether to tap the free-flowing river or focus on related conservation efforts stalled Thursday night in a Senate committee.

New Mexico has rights to some of the Gila 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.

Sen. Peter Wirth, D-Santa Login to read more

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