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 Author: surfin1
PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2018 8:26 am 
The NEPA scoping public comment period for the proposed Gila River diversion concludes on Friday and your comments are needed to stop this ill-conceived and ecologically harmful project.

As joint leads for the NEPA process, the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) and the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission (ISC) have initiated preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement
(EIS) for the Gila River diversion project (NM Unit) proposed by the NM Central Arizona Project (CAP) Entity. During the public scoping period, the BOR and ISC are requesting public comment on the issues that they should analyze in the NM Unit EIS.
Submit your scoping comments to BOR today! https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/no-dam-diversion-on-the-gila-river?source=direct_link&

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The NM CAP Entity's proposed action is poorly defined, therefore making it impossible to understand and difficult to develop meaningful comments for NEPA scoping. However, based on the minimal information provided, we know that the NM Unit proposal could significantly impact threatened and endangered species and riparian habitat, will cost several times more than the AWSA construction subsidy provided, and will unfairly withhold NM Unit Fund dollars from community water projects that could meet the water needs of 60,000 people in southwest New Mexico. Fact sheet - http://www.gilaconservation.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/NMUnitNEPAScopingFactSheet070118.pdf

Tell the BOR that its Environmental Impact Statement of the Gila diversion must include:
Full analysis of the diversion project's ecological impacts and recommendations for mitigation of those effects;
Evaluation of environmentally-friendly diversion alternatives to the proposed action to ensure that threatened and endangered species and riparian habitat are not adversely impacted;
Analysis of implementation of priority community water projects that will meet the water needs of 60,000 people in southwest New Mexico far into the future, instead of building a costly Gila diversion that will require massive ongoing public subsidy for the benefit of very few, including the mining giant Freeport-McMoRan.
Thank you for taking action on behalf of the wild Gila River!

Best regards,

Allyson Siwik
Executive Director


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