By Associated Press - Monday, August 11, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s Interstate Stream Commission is meeting later this month to kick off its decision-making process over whether to partially dam the Gila River.

The Albuquerque Journal reports ( that federal authorities say the costs of a dam will far outweigh the benefits.

The commission has fewer than five months before it must tell the Interior Department about whether to divert up to 14,000 acre-feet of water from the Gila River under the 2004 Arizona Water Settlement Act.

Opponents worry about the financial and environmental costs of diverting water from a river often considered New Mexico’s last “wild” river.

Others, meanwhile, believe that a drought-prone state cannot miss a chance to take water when it’s offered.

The commission is meeting on Aug. 26 to begin its decision-making process.


Information from: Albuquerque Journal,

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