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Gila River Diversion

 We need your help now to urge Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell to save the Gila River once and for all. 

 

·      The Gila River is an ecological treasure that deserves long-term protection.

·      The diversion project is technically infeasible and will yield little to no water in many years.

·      The Gila diversion is expected to be hugely expensive, with construction costs estimated by the Bureau of Reclamation at $800M to $1 billion and a continuing cost for operation, maintenance, and CAP exchange water in excess of $10 million each year, in perpetuity.

·      The diversion is unaffordable for New Mexicans. The federal funds available will pay for only a small fraction of the construction cost of the NM Unit, leaving a gap of up to $900+ million for taxpayers and water users to cover.

·      The project is unnecessary because the area's long-term water needs can be met by other proven means -- through conservation, groundwater management, water recycling and watershed restoration.