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Editorial By KAY MATTHEWS
As I post this editorial on La Jicarita the Interstate Stream Commission board is preparing to make a final decision on whether funding from the Arizona Water Settlements Act (AWSA) will be spent to build a diversion project on the Gila River, the last free-flowing major river in New Mexico, or to fund other alternative water projects. At its previous meeting, the ISC staff recommended to the commission that 90 percent of the available funding be used for the diversion while 10 percent, or $7.85 million, be allocated for non-diversion alternatives. A restraining order, filed by former ISC director Norm Gaume, that prevented the commission from making its final decision regarding the diversion, was lifted on November 20 (his lawsuit will be heard in April of 2015). Gaume contends that the commission violated the Open Meetings Act during its hearings on the Gila River.
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