LOCATION: Grant County, New Mexico
PROJECT PARTNER(S): The Nature Conservancy of New Mexico
START UP DATE: 2015
PROJECT TYPE: Water Management Agreements
WRCs GENERATED: Yes*
This first-of-its-kind pilot project in New Mexico will restore water to a chronically depleted section of the upper Gila River during low flow periods. The project sets an important policy precedent by utilizing New Mexico’s Water Conservation Program to demonstrate that diverting water back to a dewatered river is both logistically feasible and financially viable. The project is expected to restore over six million gallons to benefit streamside habitat along New Mexico’s last major free flowing river.
*This resource has been reviewed and found to meet the BEF Flow Program Certification Criteria for Evaluating Proposals to Secure Environmental Flows by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.