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Pecos River Channel Restoration at the Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Chaves County, New Mexico
Final Environmental Assessment and
Finding of No Significant Impact

Historically the Middle Pecos River was a wide, sediment-ladened braided river with a diversity of habitats, ranging from low-velocity backwaters to swift main channel settings. Under the natural river regime, flood flows periodically changed the river course within the floodplain. Various species, especially fish, adapted to this type of dynamic river channel and the variety of habitat that it provided. Since 1942, the ecological conditions within the Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge (BLNWR) section of the Pecos River have been degraded by excavating straight channels, encroaching nonnative vegetation, and controlling reservoir flows. As part of the Endangered Species Act consultation process associated with the Carlsbad Project Water Operations and Water Supply Conservation Final Environmental Impact Statement, the Bureau of Reclamation agreed to “partner with federal, state, and private entities to participate and assist in the completion of ongoing habitat improvement projects on the Pecos River.”

Pecos River Channel Restoration at the Bitter Lake
National Wildlife Refuge, Chaves County, New Mexico
Final Environmental Assessment and FONSI
 
 Cover and Title Pages
1.9 MB
 Finding of No Significant Impact
59 KB
 Table of Contents
27 KB
 Acronyms and Abbreviations
22 KB
 Chapter 1 - Purpose and Need for the Proposed Action
1.3 MB 
 Chapter 2 -Description of the Proposed Action and Alternatives
1.5 MB
 Chapter 3 - Affected Environment
142 KB
 Chapter 4 - Environmental Consequences
75 KB
 Chapter 5 - Environmental Commitments
38 KB
 Chapter 6, 7 & 8 - Consultation and Coordination, List of Preparers, References
37 KB
 Appendix A - Memoranda of Agreement
830 KB
 Appendix B - Monitoring Plan
63 KB
 Appendix C - Water Budget
129 KB
 Appendix D - Water Resources
108 KB
 Appendix E - Coordination
5.0 MB
 
 Entire Document
10.5 MB

 

 

Last updated: February 3, 2009