February 25, 2008--Arkansas Valley ground zero for invasive tamarisks (Pueblo Chieftain)

Nearly 70 percent of Colorado land taken over by tamarisk is in the Arkansas River Basin, a recently completed mapping project reveals. “They are causing serious impacts to an already limited water resource in an over-appropriated basin,” said Jean Van Pelt, conservation outreach coordinator for the Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District. Tamarisk, also called salt cedars, were found on 67,000 acres along the Arkansas River and its tributaries, particularly the Purgatoire River. In fact, the Purgatoire acreage alone represents about 10 percent of the statewide total - more than along the Colorado River mainstem. The Southeastern District has taken the lead in an effort to map and coordinate plans to control tamarisk in the Arkansas Valley. Putting a master plan in place is considered a first step toward getting federal funds to address the problem.

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