NEPA scoping begins for Gila River diversion

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The Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) and the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission (ISC) have initiated preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Gila River diversion project (NM Unit) proposed by the NM Central Arizona Project (CAP) Entity. During the public scoping period scheduled for June 12 – July 20, 2018, the BOR and ISC are requesting public comment on the issues that should be analyzed in the NM Unit EIS.

Flowing out of America’s first Wilderness Area, the Gila River is New Mexico’s last major undammed river. It’s home to seven threatened or endangered species and is proposed for long-term protection under the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act.

The proposed NM Unit is expensive, unaffordable and unfair and will harm threatened and endangered species and riparian habitat along the Gila and San Francisco rivers. The NM CAP Entity’s intention to divert in the future the full 14,000 acre-feet per year under the AWSA is speculative and unnecessary.




July 2, 2018; 5pm

Attend a rally in opposition to the Gila River diversion on July 2 at 5pm at the State Bar of NM at 5121 Masthead St. NE in Albuquerque. As part of the rally, please join us to make public comment at the scoping meeting from 4pm to 7 pm.



July 9, 2018; 3pm

Attend a rally in opposition to the Gila River diversion on July 9 at 3pm outside of the  Grant County Veterans Memorial Business and Conference Center.




Albuquerque, NM: Monday, July 2, 2018, 4-7 PM

State Bar of New Mexico, Rodey Classroom

5121 Masthead St NE

Albuquerque, NM 87109


Chandler, AZ: Friday, July 6, 2018, 4-7 PM

Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino, Acacia CD Room

5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd.

Chandler, AZ 85226


San Carlos, AZ: July  7, 2018, 1-4 PM

Apache Gold Casino Resort, Convention Center

777 Geronimo Springs Blvd Cutter Industrial Park

San Carlos, AZ 85550


Silver City, NM: July 9, 2018, 4-7 PM

Grant County Veterans Memorial Business and Conference Center, Multipurpose Room

3031 Highway 180 East

Silver City, NM 88062


Cliff-Gila, NM: July 10, 2018, 4-7 PM

Cliff High School, Old Gymnasium

622 St Hwy 211

Cliff, NM 88028


Glenwood, NM: July 11, 2018, 4-7 PM

Glenwood Community Center and Library

14 Menges Ln

Glenwood, NM 88039


Virden, NM: July 12, 2018, 4-7 PM

Virden Community Center

110 Richmond Ave.

Virden, NM 88045


Safford, AZ: July 13, 2018, 4-7 PM

Graham County General Services Building

921 Thatcher Blvd

Safford, AZ 85546