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Gila River Diversion Would Be a Costly Failure

As the December deadline approaches for New Mexico to decide whether or not it will proceed with a controversial diversion of the Gila River, a former director of the state’s Interstate Stream Commission (ISC) testified on April 30 to the ISC that the proposed diversion would result in “a failed project that would produce little…

Finding of Rare Gartersnake Underscores Need to Protect New Mexico’s Gila River

Last month, after no confirmed sightings in nearly twenty years, scientists discovered three northern Mexican gartersnakes along a stretch of the Gila River in southwestern New Mexico. Until this find, scientists had suspected that the rare snake was extinct in the state. Northern Mexican gartnersnakes (Thamnophis eques) live in wetland areas alongside rivers, where they…