#NMInFocus: Geoffrey Plant Web Extra #GilaRiver #ColoradoRiver #COriver #aridification

New Mexico In Focus, a Production of NMPBS

As part of his beat, Geoffrey Plant of the Silver City Daily Press covers water issues, including the proposed diversion of the Gila River that has garnered interest across New Mexico and the nation. In his conversation with correspondent Laura Paskus, Plant looks ahead to irrigation season given New Mexico’s drought conditions. He also talks about the release of a draft environmental impact statement concerning the proposed Gila River diversion and how the local community has responded to a bill introduced by New Mexico Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich that would designate the Gila River and parts of its watershed as Wild and Scenic.

To read more about the M.H. Dutch Salmon Greater Gila Wild and Scenic River Act, visit: https://www.tomudall.senate.gov/gila

To read the draft EIS on the proposed diversion (and submit public comment before June 8), visit: https://www.nmuniteis.com/documents

And to watch New Mexico In Focus’s Our Land episode about the Gila River, visit: https://www.newmexicopbs.org/producti…

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Gila River watershed. Graphic credit: Wikimedia

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