#NewMexico Interstate Stream Commission closes out funding for #GilaRiver diversion group — The #SilverCity Daily Press #ColoradoRiver #COriver #aridification

Gila River watershed. Graphic credit: Wikimedia

From The Silver City Daily Press (Geoffrey Plant):

The controversial Gila River diversion project has entered a “closeout” phase.

With no discussion, the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission on Wednesday approved several line item transfers within the New Mexico Entity of the Central Arizona Project’s 2021 budget, as well as a closing budget for the 2022 fiscal year to pay for a final annual financial audit of the group.

The N.M. CAP Entity’s executive director, Anthony Gutierrez, addressed the ISC before it voted unanimously to approve the two items.

“I know this has been a long process,” he said. “Our members and myself were disappointed with not being able to develop AWSA water, but we certainly respect the decisions that the commission has made in the past few months.”

Gutierrez acknowledged that one of those decisions “was to discontinue the budget for the New Mexico CAP Entity,” which paid for, among other things, his salary. It also covered Entity attorney Pete Domenici’s fees, for which $139,500 was originally budgeted this fiscal year.

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