FOR THE RECORD: This story reported that University of New Mexico researchers Jim Brooks and Dave Propst challenged the Interstate Stream Commission in a letter to the Bureau of Reclamation. Brooks and Propst note that they sent their letter as informed citizens and not as representatives of UNM. The letter was directed to the Department of the Interior, of which the Bureau of Reclamation is a part.
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Two New Mexico scientists are warning the federal government against the state’s tactics in pursuing a plan to take water from the Gila River.
University of New Mexico researchers Jim Brooks and Dave Propst say the Interstate Stream Commission has based its decision to pursue a diversion project on studies that “lack credibility” and were based on “flawed” information, according to a letter sent to the Bureau of Reclamation and obtained by the Journal.
The ISC informed the Interior Department in December of its intent to divert water from the Gila River, should the project be deemed economically and environmentally feasible. The ISC has said a diversion is viable from both standpoints.