The Pecos River Ecosystem Project
Dr. Charles R. Hart
The banks of the Pecos River in Far West Texas are currently covered with dense stands of Saltcedar (Tamarix spp.), not uncommon to an increasing number of rivers in Texas. Saltcedar is known for its heavy consumption of water by evapotranspiration, and its contribution to salinity of the water and soil that it surrounds. The Pecos River Ecosystem Project is currently underway to attempt to decrease the impacts that Saltcedar has on the river ecosystem. The project is designed to increase water flow and decrease soil and water salinity by decreasing the number of Saltcedar along the banks of the river.