Rio Grande Bosque


The Rio Grande bisects New Mexico and the Sevilleta NWR, and contains the second largest drainage basin in the southwestern US. The Middle Rio Grande riparian zone extends from Otowi Bridge near Santa Fe south through Albuquerque and the Sevilleta to elephant Butte Reservoir about 150 kilometers south of Albuquerque.  Currently there is an Evapotranspiration (ET) Flux tower installed in Salt Cedar (Tamarix chinensis ) at the San Acacia Diversion as part of Dr. Cliff Dahm's Bosque ET Monitoring project. 

Site Details: 

Vegetation is characterized as Floodplain Riparian, typically dominated by Fremont cottonwood (Populus fremontii), but in this immediate study site by saltcedar (Tamarix spp.)