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Wetlands restoration presentation


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A plan to restore the Rio Grande

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Wetlands restoration presentation

  1. 1. Restoring the Rio Grande
  2. 3. Rio Grande: Lifeline for over 500 vertebrate species <ul><li>95 mammals </li></ul><ul><li>345 birds </li></ul><ul><li>95 amphibians and reptiles </li></ul><ul><li>44 native fish </li></ul>Photo: Ken Stinnett
  3. 4. Elephant Butte Dam 1916
  4. 8. The status of native fish in the Rio Grande in southern New Mexico and west Texas: <ul><li>Gone (16): </li></ul><ul><li>shovelnose sturgeon </li></ul><ul><li>American eel </li></ul><ul><li>Mexican tetra </li></ul><ul><li>speckled chub </li></ul><ul><li>flathead chub </li></ul><ul><li>Rio Grande chub </li></ul><ul><li>Rio Grande silvery minnow </li></ul><ul><li>Rio Grande shiner </li></ul><ul><li>Rio Grande bluntnose shiner </li></ul><ul><li>phantom shiner </li></ul><ul><li>roundnose minnow </li></ul><ul><li>fathead minnow </li></ul><ul><li>gray redhorse </li></ul><ul><li>blue catfish </li></ul><ul><li>blue sucker </li></ul><ul><li>longnose gar (from NM) </li></ul><ul><li>Present (8): </li></ul><ul><li>gizzard shad </li></ul><ul><li>red shiner </li></ul><ul><li>river carpsucker </li></ul><ul><li>bluegill </li></ul><ul><li>mosquitofish </li></ul><ul><li>flathead catfish </li></ul><ul><li>smallmouth buffalo? </li></ul><ul><li>headwater catfish? </li></ul>
  5. 9. Rio Grande Campaign <ul><li>Goal: to restore the Rio Grande in southern New Mexico and west Texas to a functioning ecosystem which supports native plants and animals </li></ul>Shovelnose sturgeon beaver Rio Grande leopard frog Yellow-billed cuckoo
  6. 11. Before Now Picacho Wetlands
  7. 18. La Mancha Project Design <ul><li>Two connected ponds on 3 acres of privately owned land </li></ul><ul><li>Inlet and outlet channels connecting to river at high flows </li></ul><ul><li>Appropriate native plantings in floodway and around ponds </li></ul><ul><li>Trail, signs and bench </li></ul>
  8. 20. A Living River Photo: Ken Stinnett