Briefing Papers

Gila River Diversion

In 1982, the National Park Service (NPS) did a study of all of the rivers in the United States and found that all 255 miles of the New Mexico portion of the 649-mile-long Gila River qualified for National Wild and Scenic Rivers designation. Through Arizona….

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1872 Mining Law

The mining of hardrock minerals—gold, uranium and other metals—on public lands is governed today by a law that has changed little since it was first signed by Ulysses S. Grant. The General Mining Law of 1872 was enacted to promote mineral exploration and development in….

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