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May 20, 2015
Gila River Diversion in New Mexico Pits New West vs. Old
Gila River Diversion in New Mexico Pits New West vs. Old

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Nearly a century ago, the U.S. Forest Service designated the Gila Wilderness, in southwest New Mexico, as the nation's first federally protected wild forest. Today, the region is again debating the wise use of its land and water. The question now is how best to secure water supplies for farms and cities in the steadily drying American West.

This week, Circle of Blue reports on the Gila River diversion, a proposal to build a canal and dam in the watershed.

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  Gila River Diversion in New Mexico Pits New West vs Old  

Debate demonstrates the power of water in the drying American West.

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