Last Thursday, the Interstate Stream Commission voted to end work on the Gila River diversion project. After more than 15 years, the vote effectively ended the battle over the future of the Gila River.

ISC voted 7-2 in favor of ending the Environmental Impact Statement process. The Commission also separately tabled the vote regarding the future of the NM CAP Entity using $70 million in AWSA funding to improve water security in Grant, Luna, Hidalgo, and Catron counties.

This is nothing short of a historic win not only for the Gila but for nuestra comunidad. The leadership and tireless championing of the Gila from Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, Lt. Governor Howie Morales, and Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich has helped ensure that the Arizona Water Settlements Act (AWSA) funding will be allocated responsibly in order to meet the water needs of thousands in the four counties area.

Thank the Governor, Lt. Governor and Senators Udall and Heinrich for their work in safeguarding the Gila and providing water to thousands in New Mexico.