Implementing the Pecos River WPP through Invasive Species Control and by Providing Technical and Financial Assistance to Reduce Agricultural Nonpoint Source Pollution
L. Gregory, A. Porter, A. Knutson, M. Muegge
The Pecos River Watershed Protection Plan (WPP) was developed by landowners and completed in October 2008. In November 2009, the project entitled “Implementing the Pecos River Watershed Protection Plan through Invasive Species Control (Saltcedar) and by Providing Technical and Financial Assistance to Reduce Agricultural Nonpoint Source Pollution” began implementing portions of the newly established WPP. This project focused on the highest priority implementation needs identified by Pecos River watershed landowners. It included the development and establishment of water quality management plans (WQMPs) on riparian and upland grazing lands, extending chemical treatment of saltcedar to previously unsprayed stands along the river and its tributaries, expanding the use of biological saltcedar controls across the watershed, and conducting prescribed burning on saltcedar stands in areas previously treated with aerially applied chemicals. Additional activity included in this project was administration and reporting, support and facilitation of WPP implementation as well as the continued compilation of watershed data.
The overall objective of this project is to improve the quality of the Pecos River and its watershed through practice implementation. In addition to the actions listed above, the continued delivery of pertinent educational programming was a primary goal of the project as well.