Ask Gov. Martinez not to divert the Gila River

Gila River

The Gila River is New Mexico’s last free-flowing river, rich in biological diversity and cultural history. 

In 2004, Congress passed the Arizona Water Settlements Act (AWSA) that authorized diversion of the Gila River if New Mexico agreed to buy water from Arizona to replace what we take out of the river.

The AWSA provided $66 million for projects to meet local water needs and a perverse incentive of up to $62 million more if New Mexico elects to divert the Gila River. Proposed Gila River diversion projects would cost $300 million to $500 million, leaving New Mexico taxpayers responsible for the balance -- $200 million to $400 million.

A Gila River diversion project is unnecessary, expensive and will harm the Gila River. An overwhelming majority of New Mexicans believe we should use our current water supplies more wisely and protect the Gila River for people, wildlife and future generations.

New Mexico’s future water needs can be met cost-effectively through nondiversion alternatives, such as municipal and agricultural conservation, sustainable groundwater management, effluent reuse and watershed restoration.

Please use the form below to tell Governor Susana Martinez to support cost-effective, non-diversion alternatives to meet southwest New Mexico’s future water needs. Using your own words and subject line often makes the message more effective. 

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Dear Gov. Martinez,

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