Gila River

November 7, 2015--Will New Mexico lose its last wild river? (Audubon)

On a humid, blue-skied morning in July, Jarrod Swackhamer led a tiny group through the cottonwood and black walnut trees and open fields along southwestern New Mexico’s Gila River, downstream of where it pours out of the Gila National Forest, the nation’s first designated wilderness area.

November 15, 2014--New Mexico staff recommends developing Gila water (KRQE News)

New Mexico is one step closer to deciding how to manage its share of the Gila River now that staff with the Interstate Stream Commission has recommended taking advantage of federal funding to build a diversion and storage system along the river.

September 16, 2014--Diversion plans for the Gila would have major impact, critics say (High Country News)

The Interstream Commission, whose nine members were appointed by New Mexico Governor Susana Martínez, must decide whether it will pursue a diversion along the Gila River that would provide more water for southwest New Mexico, or whether to serve regional water needs through non-diversion alternatives, such as conservation and watershed restoration.

March 5, 2014--Decision draws near on last undammed river out West (Aljazeera America)

Thirty years ago, biologist David Propst was fresh out of graduate school when he started working on the Gila River. Tucked into the southwestern corner of New Mexico, the Gila’s headwaters run out of the Mogollon Mountains and flow through southern Arizona and into the Colorado River. Small farms along the way divert irrigation water. But there are no large dams.

February 10, 2014--With Gila River deadline looming, New Mexico debates its water options (High Country News)

In the Colorado River drainage basin, where states and cities routinely wrestle over limited water, and where a 14-year drought may portend long-term scarcity, new water sources are rare and precious. Thanks to a decade-old settlement, New Mexico has access to just such a resource.

October 17, 2013--New Mexicans call for conservation over river diversions (National Geographic)

The western United States was settled with the help of big dams and river diversions that delivered distant water to burgeoning cities and farms, but at least one state is saying it’s time to shift gears. In a resounding voice of support for river protection, 85 percent of New Mexico residents say they want officials to address the state’s water problems through conservation, r

February 1, 2013--Who is writing New Mexico's water regulations? (High Country News)

The Chino copper mine near Silver City, New Mexico is one of the longest-operating mines in the West. The mine’s current owner, Freeport-McMoRan, just started mining there again in 2011 and the company is on the hook to restore thousands of acres of heavy metal-contaminated groundwater.

March 8, 2012--Dam it? N.M. grapples with Gila River’s future (Durango Herald)

Stemming from America’s first wilderness area, the Gila River flows through the mountains of southwestern New Mexico, across the high desert and through the heart of Arizona, providing water to farmers and communities along the way. The last free-flowing river in New Mexico and one of the

November 6, 2008--Otters return to Rio Grande (Durango Herald)

Five river otters - a species once found in streams and rivers throughout New Mexico - were released last month on Taos Pueblo in the water of the Rio Pueblo de Taos. The otters were trapped in Washington state under a reintroduction program that involves the pueblo, the state Department of Game and Fish, the U.S.

August 31, 2008--Indians' water rights give hope for better health (NY Times)

After decades of litigation that produced the largest water-rights settlement ever in Indian country, the Indians here are getting some of their water back.

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