Endangered Rio Grande Silvery Minnow and
Salt Cedar Removal Project
The Cochiti reach of the Middle Rio Grande has undergone, drastic landscape alterations. The installation of the Galisteo Dam and Cochiti Dam has shifted the riparian ecosystem, resulting in reduced pulse flows, altered ecological processes, and encroachment of non-native phreatophytes. The regulated hydrograph in the Rio Grande has swift currents, incised river banks, abandoned side channels, isolated backwaters, and thick stands of exotic vegetation.
The Santo Domingo Tribe-Natural Resources Branch (NRB) proposes work at two sites along the Rio Grande and one site on the Galisteo Creek. The NRB will be practicing multiple aquatic habitat restoration techniques outlined in the “Habitat Restoration Plan for the Middle Rio Grande”, September 2004. Two of the restoration projects are aimed at enhancing riverine features to accommodate RGSM needs; one site will be a low-flow side channel, and the second site will be a low-flow backwater habitat. These two projects will incorporate embayments, scallops and other habitat features associated with RGSM habitat. The last site, located on Galisteo Creek, is intended to encourage sediment delivery to the Rio Grande through the extraction of non-native phreatophytes.
The Project is funded by the Collaborative Program through Reclamation. This Environmental Assessment (EA) has been conducted to evaluate the impacts of the construction on environmental resources and their relationship to other projects and undertakings in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act.
Santo Domingo Tribe - Habitat Restoration for the Endangered
Silvery Minnow and Salt Cedar Removal Project
|Cover and Title Page||
|Table of Contents||
|Chapter 1 - Purpose and Need For Action||
|Chapter 2 - Alternatives||
|Chapter 3 - Affected Environment and Environmental Consequences||
|Chapter 4, 5, 6, & 7 - Environmental Commitments, Consultation and Coordination, List of Preparers, Appendix||