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 (https://bit.ly/XTpHWk) 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, https://www.abqjournal.com
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