Gila Wild and Scenic Bill Advances Out of Committee
My legislation to protect one of the nation's most iconic and treasured rivers just passed out of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee with a bipartisan vote! The M.H. Dutch Salmon Gila Wild and Scenic River Act reflects years of advocacy by community members who want to see their local rivers protected. And it is now one huge step closer to final passage.
The Gila and San Francisco Rivers are the heart of southwest New Mexico and are home to some of the most outstanding places in the entire West to go rafting, fishing, or camping. The Greater Gila watershed, including the San Francisco River and other main tributaries, comprises the largest remaining network of naturally flowing river segments in the Southwestern United States.
New Mexicans treasure the Gila because it provides unique and memorable outdoor experiences for families, spectacular scenery and wildlife habitat, and the foundation of a rural economy. Protecting the river will support enhanced water quality, local economic development, increased recreation opportunities, and healthy populations of fish and wildlife.
It is time for us to provide the Gila with our nation’s highest form of protection and stewardship.