Rio Grande by A. Molles San Acacia
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General Description

The San Acacia reach of the Middle Rio Grande extends from the San Acacia Diversion Dam near the southern boundary of the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge to the Elephant Butte Reservoir. This subreach encompasses the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.

The following bullet points highlight the promising features and constraints of the Cochiti reach, which provide opportunities and challenges for projects conducted in this area. This list was developed by the Bosque Hydrology Group.

Promising Features

cottonwood leaf Connectivity of the river and the flood plain with overbank flooding occurring frequently.
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Dynamic change of river channel and river bed with a wide channel in some parts of the subreach.

cottonwood leaf Mixed age classes of native trees.

Constraints
cottonwood leaf Intermittent low levels of river flow.
cottonwood leaf Existence of natural levees.
cottonwood leaf Incised, straight channel morphology with very low "width to depth" ratios.
cottonwood leaf Vertical bank accretion further narrowing the river channel.
cottonwood leaf Bank stabilization from jetty jacks and exotic species.
cottonwood leaf Increased threat of fire due to build up of woody debris.


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