Crews to restore river habitat along Rio Grande

Rio Grande, restoration

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Work is underway to restore river habitat at as many as 30 sites along the Rio Grande.

Most of the work is happening south of Elephant Butte and is the first of its kind in New Mexico.

The basic principal is growing the environment back to where it was years ago by creating a welcoming habitat for native trees, shrubs and grasslands.

Part of the program will require the purchase of water and water rights.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, Elephant Butte Irrigation District Audubon, New Mexico and other organizations are behind the program. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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