Sierra Club Talk: Diversion of the Gila River


Allyson Siwik, of the Gila Resources Information Project is the featured speaker at a Sierra Club open meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5 at UNM-Los Alamos (Student Center Lecture Hall.) Her talk is titled “The Gila River Versus Development.”

The NM State 30-day Legislative Session focuses primarily on budget issues, but Gov. Martinez also wants to put forth new water policy, including infrastructure and the looming Arizona Water Settlement Act.

This is the last opportunity for the legislature to discuss the issue of AWSA before the state must decide to pursue it (at a cost so far of $450 million) or forego a diversion of the Gila River to protect the river, the ecosystem and human culture.

Siwik will update the group on the status of agreements and legislation relating to the Gila. For more information on the Gila, see