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


Grant County, NM

Start Up Date:


Project Benefits:

Enhancing Recreation & Economic Benefits

Wildlife & Habitat Protection

Project Type:

Flow Restoration Transaction *


Funding Needed

Project Partners

The Nature Conservancy of New Mexico