NOTE: As of June 19, 2020, The New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission voted to discontinue the NEPA review of the NM Unit. Read the story from Silver City Daily Press HERE.
On June 8th deadline, Living Rivers & Colorado Riverkeeper submitted the following COMMENTS to Reclamation for the Draft EIS on the NM Unit.
The website for the NEPA review of the NM Unit, is HERE
- 2017, October - Still No Solid Plans For Gila River Diversion, Despite Millions Spent. New Mexico Political Report.
- 2018, July - Arizonans Surprised by Gila Diversion Lack of Info. Silver City Daily Press.
- 2018, July - Crowd Critiques Gila Diversion. Silver City Daily Press.
- 2018, August - Amid Drought 50-year Old Rule Could Let New Mexico Use Arizona Water. Arizona Republic.
- 2018, July - Gila Diversion Group Plans Scope, Seeks Power. Silver City Daily Press.
- 2019, December - Feds Deny Extension for Gila Diversion Millions. Silver City Daily Press.
- 2020, April - Plan calls for diverting, storing water from Gila River. Associated Press.
- 2020, June - Interstate Stream Commision votes to stop work of Gila River diversion. Silver City Daily Press.
- 2021, February - Gila diversion group asserts primacy as legislation threatens. Geoffrey Plant, SCDP.
PREPARATION AND PUBLIC SCOPING OF EIS
Federal Register Notice is HERE & archived here
- Date of notice: 6/12/2018
- Scoping comments are due: extended to 7/20/2018
Mail comments to:
Phoenix Area Office, Bureau of Reclamation
(ATTN: NM Unit EIS)
6150 West Thunderbird Road, Glendale, Arizona 85306
Send Email comments to:
Subject line is: NM Unit EIS
For further information contact:
Mr. Sean Heath at (623) 7736250
Or email at NMUnitEIS@empsi.com
DOCUMENT ARCHIVE (website)
CONDITIONS of this EIS process:
- The Secretary must have issued in the Federal Register not later than December 31, 2019, a Record of Decision approving the project based on an environmental analysis required pursuant to applicable Federal law and on a dem- onstration that construction of a project for the New Mexico Unit that would deliver an average annual safe yield, based on a 50-year planning period, greater than 10,000 acre feet per year, would not cost more per acre foot of water diverted than a project sized to produce an average annual safe yield of 10,000 acre feet per year. If New Mexico exercises all reason- able efforts to obtain the issuance of such Record of Decision, but the Secretary is not able to issue such Record of Decision by December 31, 2019, for reasons outside the control of the State of New Mexico, the Secretary may extend the deadline for a reasonable period of time, not to extend beyond December 31, 2030.
PUBLIC SCOPING DOCUMENTS
2020 DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STUDY
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