Commission to discuss Gila River’s future

Commission to discuss Gila River's future

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The Interstate Stream Commission is meeting Tuesday in Albuquerque to talk about the future of the Gila River.

They’ll look at the economic, recreational and cultural implications of diverting part of the river.

The state has rights to some of the Gila and one of its tributaries under a 2004 settlement with Arizona.

If New Mexico doesn’t use the water, the state will forgo millions of dollars in federal funds for the construction of a diversion project.

Critics say a diversion would be expensive and mean higher water bills for customers.

The commission has until the end of the year to make a decision. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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