DEMING'S WATER AND ECONOMIC FUTURE IS BRIGHT
(From Western Resource Advocates & Audubon New Mexico)
Water supply projects and strategies
Luna County lies within the northern Chihuahuan Desert. Water has always been an important issue here and knowing if there is enough concerns us all. A few years ago a major study was undertaken to look at diverting the Gila River for added water. In June of 2020 that proposal died but the following alternative conservation proposal made by the Western Resource Advocates is still relevant.
The Gila is a vibrant and irreplaceable river
A free-flowing Gila River is vital to our region's recreational economy and our traditional way of life. The Gila River is the state's last free-flowing river and one of the very best destinations in the Southwest for birding, boating, fishing, hunting, and hiking. This invaluable resource is readily accessible to our families and one of the crown jewels of New Mexico's robust outdoor recreation economy, which generates annually an estimated $6.5 billion in consumer spending and $1.8 billion in wages and salaries.
Our water supply is secure well-beyond 2050 if we build on Deming's planning efforts and prioritize water conservation
Water supplies provided through water conservation, reuse, and planned water transfers can meet future water needs and secure a free-flowing Gila River for us and future generations.
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