U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
Portions of Pecos River Restored
Pioneering travelers described the Pecos River of eastern New Mexico and West Texas as generally 65 to 100 feet wide and seven to ten feet deep, with a fast current only fordable in a few places. Today, flows have dwindled and water quality has declined. Salt cedar (tamarisk) and other non-native plant species now dominate the riparian system, taking in water that would otherwise remain in the channel. A salt cedar tree of eight-inch diameter takes in 200 or more gallons of water per day.
Native grasses in treated areas have returned quickly and thickly – exactly as hoped – providing reassurance that a damaged ecosystem can be restored to its former condition.
|Last updated: 10-20-2009|
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