We need your help to Protect Critical Riparian Habitat along the Gila River! Up on a tight deadline, The New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity (NM CAPE) has finally submitted its proposed diversion project.
This massive water diversion proposal could spell doom for one of New Mexico’s last free-flowing rivers and one of America’s most precious bird and wildlife habitats. What’s at stake is one of the highest concentrations of breeding birds in North America. The Gila River is home to hundreds of bird species including priority birds like Bell’s Vireos, Southwestern Willow Flycatchers, and Western Yellow-billed Cuckoos.
The Gila River and the birds need a voice – YOUR VOICE!
During the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) public scoping period scheduled for June 12 – July 20, 2018, the Bureau of Reclamation and the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission are requesting public comment on the issues that should be analyzed in the NM Unit Environmental Impact Study as well as proposing alternatives.
Proposing alternatives is at the heart of the NEPA process, and Audubon New Mexico has a good one. The technical report titled An Affordable & Secure Future Water Supply for the City of Deming, prepared by Audubon New Mexico and Western Resource Advocates describes water conservation and efficiency alternatives that would be the cheapest, fastest, and best water supply strategy to meet the needs of the largest municipality in the region, Deming New Mexico.
PLEASE submit a written comment or attend a scoping meeting. YOUR COMMENTS can influence the process. Click here to read more about submitting comments and/or attending a scoping meeting.