Water panel accused of violating meetings act

The former head of the Interstate Stream Commission is accusing the agency of violating the New Mexico Open Meetings Act in its deliberations regarding the future of the Gila River.

Norm Gaume filed a lawsuit Wednesday in state District Court in Santa Fe. He’s seeking a restraining order to prevent the commission from taking any action related to proposals discussed by a subcommittee that has been considering Gila River diversion proposals.

Commission spokeswoman Lela Hunt declined to comment on the lawsuit.

The commission faces a Dec. 31 deadline for deciding whether to accept federal funds to build a diversion and storage system along the Gila.

Critics say the project would be a waste of money. Supporters say New Mexico shouldn’t miss out on a chance to develop its share of the river.

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Philip Taccetta

Makes a lot of sense, take $90 million from the Feds and put New Mexican taxpayers in debt for the other $910 million - just to destroy the last free flowing river in the state. No .wonder they ignore the open meetings law.

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