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Congressional Tour of the Pecos River in New Mexico
Southwest Region, June 1, 2006
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On May 31 and June 1, the Acting Field Supervisor for New Mexico Ecological Services Field Office and the Acting Deputy Regional Director of the Fish and Wildlife Service, toured the Pecos River in New Mexico with Congressional representatives along with representatives of Federal and State agencies and irrigation districts.  The purpose of the trip was to provide water management information and discuss issues surrounding management.  Participants during the field trip included representatives from Senator Domenici and Bingaman offices; Bureau of Reclamation; Army Corps of Engineers; Fish and Wildlife Service; Fort Sumner Irrigation District; Carlsbad Irrigation District; New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission; Pecos Valley Artesian Conservancy District; and the US Geological Survey.

The tour visited Santa Rosa Dam, Sumner Dam, Fort Sumner Irrigation District; a private ranch; a water development by the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission; water development pipeline by the Pecos Valley Artesian Conservancy District; Carlsbad Irrigation District, and the US Geological Survey gage at Red Bluff.

Specific briefings concerning the Fish and Wildlife Service included: biological opinions concerning Bureau of Reclamation water operations and the threatened Pecos bluntnose shiner and endangered interior least tern; Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program; Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act; and Acequia Rehabilitation.

The trip resulted in an improved understanding of water management in the Pecos River and how agencies and groups work together.

Contact Info: Martin Valdez, 505-248-6599, martin_valdez@fws.gov



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