Bill will fast track funds to local water projects and prohibit spending on diversion
In the last few days of this year’s legislative session, House Bill 200 passed the Senate floor by a vote of 26-15!
HB200 is an essential step in bringing good governance to NM Unit Fund spending. Our communities have been waiting for more than a decade to access this funding for critical water supply projects. Now we can stop the waste of millions of dollars on a failed Gila diversion project and move forward with rapid and efficient disbursement of funding to priority water projects in southwest New Mexico.
The bill is currently on Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s desk for signature after which it will become law.
Thank you so much for your help this session getting this important legislation passed. Your emails and phone calls to legislators over the past several weeks made the difference in pushing the bill over the finish line.
This latest success is the culmination of years of support and action taken by you to protect the Gila River and to achieve equitable and cost-effective solutions to our water supply needs in southwest New Mexico.
The Gila Conservation Coalition will continue to work to ensure follow through on the gains that we have made in order to build a secure water future for everyone in the four-county area and protect the Gila River for future generations.
Many thanks to bill sponsors Representative Matthew McQueen, Representative Nathan Small, Senator Mimi Stewart, and Senator Siah Correa Hemphill who worked so hard to get HB200 through the legislature.
Please join with us in showing our appreciation for their efforts by taking a minute to thank them.