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.