Gila River Flow Restoration

This first-of-its-kind pilot project in New Mexico will restore water to a chronically depleted section of the upper Gila River during low flow periods. The project sets an important policy precedent by utilizing New Mexico’s Water Conservation Program to demonstrate that diverting water back to a dewatered river is both logistically feasible and financially viable. The project is expected to restore over six million gallons to benefit streamside habitat along New Mexico’s last major free flowing river.

* Project supports voluntary transactions to change, reduce or stop water use – either temporarily or permanently – to protect or restore water for environmental benefit

** This resource has been reviewed and found to meet the BEF Flow Program Certification Criteria for Evaluating Proposals to Secure Environmental Flows by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.


Grant County, NM

Start Up Date:


Project Benefits:

Wildlife & Habitat Protection

Project Type:

Flow Restoration Transaction *


Funding Needed

WRCs Generated:

Yes **

Project Partners

The Nature Conservancy of New Mexico