Public meeting on bosque restoration planned for Tuesday, Rio Rancho

Here’s the word from New Mexico’s Interstate Stream Commission:

The public is invited to attend an informational meeting about the planned “Rio Rancho Bosque Open Space Habitat Restoration Project.” The meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 13 from 6:00-7:30 pm at the Sandoval County Commission Chambers Administration Building (Bldg D) at 1500 Idalia Road in Rio Rancho.

State of New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission (NMISC) staff will give a presentation regarding the project work plan and the benefits of the intended work. The project will take place along the river  within Rio Rancho Open Space at the North Beach area (at the mouth of Barrancas Arroyo) and at Willow Creek Bosque Park and is expected to begin in late February 2013. Representatives from the City of Rio Rancho Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department (Rio Rancho) and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) will also be available to answer questions.

The “Rio Rancho Bosque Open Space Habitat Restoration Project” is a coordinated effort by NMISC, Rio Rancho, and Friends of Rio Rancho Open Space. The project is funded by the Middle Rio Grande Endangered Species Collaborative Program through Reclamation and NMISC. The project will aid water managers and water users in complying with the Endangered Species Act.

The restoration project will improve or restore  approximately 28 acres of habitat, including river habitat for the Rio Grande silvery minnow, which will help with silvery minnow spawning in the spring on 2013.  The project will also restore a degraded wetland, improve wildlife habitat, and improve recreational access to the river. Additionally, the project includes an Integrated Management Plan that will present recommendations to the City of Rio Rancho for the management, improvement, and preservation of the Bosque Open Space.

Construction of the  project will result in a temporary closure of the Willow Creek Bosque Park parking lot and trails.

For more information, contact Page Pegram at 505-383-4051.The nine-member Interstate Stream Commission is charged with separate duties including protecting New Mexico’s right to water under eight interstate stream compacts, ensuring the state complies with each of those compacts as well as investigating, conserving and protecting the waters of the State, in addition to water planning.

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