Bosque Revitalization @ Route 66



NOTICE: The Friends of the Bosque Invite You to Attend the Ecosystem Revitalization @ Route 66 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

May 25, 2010 at 10:00 AM

Join Us for Refreshments to Celebrate the Opening of our Exciting Bosque Restoration Project!

The Bosque Ecosystem Restoration Project at Route 66 is a project for the environmental revitalization of our Bosque. This project Study Area (referred to by the Study Team as "RT66 Project"), is bounded on the north by the north side of the I-40 Bridge Crossing of the Rio Grande, and at the south end at the south side of the Bridge Street Crossing.

Based on the feasibility study and input during public review, project features are being constructed just north of Central on both sides of the river and between Central and Bridge on the west side of the river (see figure below). An Environmental Assessment was completed in July 2008 (see Reports).

Project construction includes removal of jetty jacks and non-native vegetation across 121 acres of bosque. Non-native vegetation has been removed including salt cedar (Tamarix ramosissima), Russian olive (Elaeagnus angustifolia), Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima) and Siberian elm (Ulmus pumila). The project also includes recreating 3 high-flow channels, and enhancing one outfall wetland at the Gonzales Drain. Additional restoration features include planting of native vegetation throughout the project area (121 acres) and creation of a number of willow swales. Improvements of existing facilities for educational, interpretive and low-impact recreational uses have also been incorporated into the Route 66 Project.

The project is currently under construction by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, Albuquerque District. Construction began in February 2009 and has continued until present (excluding May 1 through August 30 due to nesting season). Project construction completion is planned for April 30, 2010. A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony is planned for May 25, 2010.

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