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Geomorphologic Assessment
of the Rio Grande San Acacia Reach

Since both wildlife and humans depend on the Rio Grande as a source of water, interest in the evolution of this river is extensive. Historically, human needs have dominated water management decisions along the Rio Grande, but recent listing of the Rio Grande silvery minnow and the southwestern willow flycatcher as endangered species has heightened the need to include wildlife needs in resource management decisions. The challenge for decision makers today is to produce management plans that are beneficial to both humans and wildlife. In order to make these decisions, they need to know how the Rio grande has evolved and how it will continue to evolve with current management practices.

The San Acacia Reach of the Rio Grande extends from the San Acacia diversion dam downstream to the bridge crossing the Rio Grande near Escondida (10.5 miles/17 km). Photos and maps dating back to the early 1900's provide a historic basis for comparisons of channel form and general characteristics. channel surveys date from 1962 to 1999. The purpose of the study is to determine historic channel conditions of both the river and its floodplain, determine current conditions, understand how and why the channel evolved from the historic conditions, and predict future channel morphology under the current management regime.

Geomorphic Assessment of the
Rio Grande San Acacia Reach
Title page
 Table of Contents
List of Figures
List of Tables
 Chapter 1 - Introduction/Purpose of Study
 Chapter 2 - Watershed and Reach Influences
 Chapter 3 - History of Precipitation, Flows and Sediment
 Chapter 4 - River Characteristics
 Chapter 5 - Equilibrium Slope and Future Conditions Assessment
 Chapter 6 - Conclusions
 Chapter 7 - Literature Cited
 Entire Document



Last updated: January 19, 2007