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Congress Looks at Environmental Protection for Rio Grande

September 27, 2007

Unwelcome visitors are hitching a ride from America's shipping ports all the way to New Mexico's rivers, lakes and acequias. And when these invaders show up, they can crowd out natural species, compounding the state's water problems. On Thursday, a U.S. Senate committee considered a plan to regulate the source of the problem. Corry Westbrook with the National Wildlife Federation says the action is long overdue, but the plan itself may be full of holes. She says it's important that everyone understands how to protect our rivers and lakes.

"These invasive species travel across the country via our waterways and on recreational boats, which is how a localized issue in one state may eventually become a national problem."

Westbrook says in its current form the bill lacks enforcement "teeth" and that public education is critical to successful prevention. Invasive nuisances in New Mexico include the water nutria, a rodent that burrows in the banks of rivers and canals and the Eurasian Water-Milfoil, which has caused problems with irrigation systems, and can fill up lakes.

Trout Unlimited's Greg McReynolds points to problems with a non-native plant in the lower Rio Grande.

"The water hyacinth expands very quickly and covers a lot of water surface, impeding flow as well creating many additional problems."

Eric Mack/John Robinson, Public News Service - NM