Rio Grande near Leasburg 2007

319(h) Watershed Restoration Grant for the Lower Rio Grande

The Paso del Norte Watershed Council (Council) has been awarded a watershed restoration grant to develop a Watershed Based Plan to protect and improve water quality in the lower Rio Grande from Percha Dam (below Caballo Reservoir) downstream to the American Dam (near the New Mexico, Texas, and international border). Funding has been provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through the New Mexico Environment Department under the authority of the Clean Water Act Section 319(h) Nonpoint Source grant program.
 
The two year grant will fund a water quality sampling program, a bacterial source tracking study, subsequent data analyses, and a community outreach and education program. The process is a stakeholder-driven, coordinated, iterative process which will result in a Lower Rio Grande Watershed Based Plan. This plan will contain recommendations for best management practices that when implemented, would reduce pathogenic-based pollution in the river.
 
The Council received a previous watershed restoration grant that resulted in a Lower Rio Grande Watershed Restoration Action Strategy; this document is available on our website.

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