Gila Pipeline

Earth Matters Program on Gila Pipeline Threat


This week’s program focuses on a funding proposal by NM  State Senator John Arthur Smith for a pipeline which threatens the Gila River and a cascade of developments regarding the Arizona Water Settlements Act.


Earth Matters co-producer Allyson Siwik of Gila Resources Information Project and the Gila Conservation Coalition hosts this week’s program with Todd Schulke, senior staff and co-founder of the Center for Biological Diversity and partner in the Gila Conservation Coalition in which they discuss the details behind Senator Smith’s threat and what it means for the future of the Gila River.
Senator Smith’s $25M capital outlay request for a pipeline from the Gila to Las Cruces had its desired effect.  In secret meetings not open to the public, state and local officials have been scrambling to cut a back room deal on the Arizona Water Settlements Act to divert Gila River water for use in Silver City, the Mining District and Deming so that Senator Smith won’t fulfill his trumped up threat to send the Gila water to the Rio Grande if southwest New Mexico doesn’t come up with a unified plan.


Tune in this week: tonight (Tuesday) at 8pm and Thursday 10 am and 8 pm via web stream.


Listen to the program now via podcast on Gila/Mimbres Community Radio.



Gila Conservation Coalition
305A North Cooper Street
Silver City, NM 88061


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