Habitat availability vs. flow rate for the Pecos River, Part 1 : Depth and velocity availability.

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The waters of the Pecos River in New Mexico must be delivered to three primary users: (1) The Pecos River Compact: each year a percentage of water from natural river flow must be delivered to Texas; (2) Agriculture: Carlsbad Irrigation District has a storage and diversion right and Fort Sumner Irrigation District has a direct flow diversion right; and, (3) Endangered Species Act: an as yet unspecified amount of water is to support Pecos Bluntnose Shiner Minnow habitat within and along the Pecos River. Currently, the United States Department of Interior Bureau of Reclamation, the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission, ... continued below

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James, Scott Carlton; Schaub, Edward F.; Jepsen, Richard Alan & Roberts, Jesse Daniel February 1, 2004.

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The waters of the Pecos River in New Mexico must be delivered to three primary users: (1) The Pecos River Compact: each year a percentage of water from natural river flow must be delivered to Texas; (2) Agriculture: Carlsbad Irrigation District has a storage and diversion right and Fort Sumner Irrigation District has a direct flow diversion right; and, (3) Endangered Species Act: an as yet unspecified amount of water is to support Pecos Bluntnose Shiner Minnow habitat within and along the Pecos River. Currently, the United States Department of Interior Bureau of Reclamation, the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission, and the United States Department of the Interior Fish and Wildlife Service are studying the Pecos Bluntnose Shiner Minnow habitat preference. Preliminary work by Fish and Wildlife personnel in the critical habitat suggest that water depth and water velocity are key parameters defining minnow habitat preference. However, river flows that provide adequate preferred habitat to support this species have yet to be determined. Because there is a limited amount of water in the Pecos River and its reservoirs, it is critical to allocate water efficiently such that habitat is maintained, while honoring commitments to agriculture and to the Pecos River Compact. This study identifies the relationship between Pecos River flow rates in cubic feet per second (cfs) and water depth and water velocity.

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  • Report No.: SAND2004-0302
  • Grant Number: AC04-94AL85000
  • DOI: 10.2172/918323 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 918323
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc883866

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James, Scott Carlton; Schaub, Edward F.; Jepsen, Richard Alan & Roberts, Jesse Daniel. Habitat availability vs. flow rate for the Pecos River, Part 1 : Depth and velocity availability., report, February 1, 2004; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc883866/: accessed August 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.