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.

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