New Mexico Consumptive Use And Forbearance Agreement

AWSA is trying to allocate water in the Gila and San Francisco rivers to users in southwestern New Mexico to make users a whole. As part of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Arizona v. In the California case of the 1960s, New Mexico users lost the right to use Gila River water on a maximum amount set by a special master in court. In addition, the Consumptive Use and Forbearance Agreement (CUFA), negotiated between Arizona and New Mexico, provides the parameters for diverting additional water. The legislation is the Arizona Water Settlements Act of 2004 (AWSA). The company was created to work with the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission to support federal laws that provide an additional average of 14,000 feet of water per year and up to $128 million to cover water needs in southwestern New Mexico and/or to provide a project or projects for additional water access on the Gila and San Francisco rivers. The New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity consists of 15 representatives from counties, municipalities, irrigation districts and soil and water protection zones in the Catron, Grant, Hidalgo and Luna area of southwestern New Mexico.