Salt Cedar

Conservation: Projects Aim to Remove Salt Cedars Along the Colorado and Verde Rivers

The growth of invasive salt cedars within the flood plains of the Verde River in Arizona has become a serious impediment to the flow of water into the Colorado. Extracting salt cedar from riverbeds and replacing it with native grasses is an enormous undertaking, but one that could have a dramatic impact on Colorado River water flows. At least that is part of the thinking behind conservation projects proposed to repair habitats along both of the rivers. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced three such conservation projects as part of a $1.2 billion, five-year enterprise included in the massive 2014 farm bill. About 35 percent of the overall funding will be dedicated to projects such as this along the Colorado River.

January 20, 2015--Not a water cure-all, but definitely the right steps (Arizona Central)

Water conservation in an age of drought can take a lot of forms, one of which is returning watersheds and forests to a more traditionally natural condition — a condition that sucks up a lot less water. That is part of the thinking behind conservation projects proposed to repair habitat along the Verde and Colorado rivers, which should improve the flow of water in the Colorado

April 29, 2010--Digging up saltcedar won't boost water supplies (Los Angeles Times)

Westerners who'd like to wring more water out of their rivers and streams aren't going to do it by getting rid of saltcedar, a new federal report suggests. The report, released Wednesday, undercuts the long-held perception that the non-native shrub is the vampire of Western watersheds.

April 5, 2010--Project creates habitat for San Juan trout (Durango Herald)

The Bureau of Land Management has put 26 boulders in the San Juan River near Navajo Dam to improve fishing conditions. The work was done last week across a 200-yard stretch known as the Trucha Rosilla day-use area, about five miles below the northwestern New Mexico dam and beyond the boundary of the San Juan River's designated quality waters.

October 9, 2009--Arkansas River Valley producers battle tamarisk with aerial spraying (La Junta Ag Journal)

Producers along the Arkansas River from Canon City to the state line past Holly, have undertaken a project to rid their land from tamarisk or salt cedar. They can't count on Mother Nature for help because tamarisk is not native to this country and that means it has no natural enemies.

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