New Mexico - Gila River

State: New Mexico
The Gila River starts its journey in America's first designated wilderness area. It is one of the Southwest's last remaining free-flowing rivers. It is known as one of the most important birding areas of the country and provides critical wildlife habitat for a number of threatened and endangered species. Fourteen native fish species live in the basin, including four that occur nowhere else in the world.
The river faces unprecedented pressures from increasing population and development of the Southwest. A current proposal to divert significant amounts of water from the river is just the latest of many dam and development plans that threaten to dry up the Gila, harming fishing and kayaking, hurting traditional ways of life and livelihoods. EcoFlight will be working with our partners at New Mexico Wilderness Alliance on a Wild and Scenic campaign to prevent proposed dams and diversions that would jeopardize the river's outstanding ecological, historical, cultural and recreational values.