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Fish rescues on dry stretches of the Rio Grande River in New Mexico
4/16/2018 12:00:00 AM

Plants & Wildlife
Water Supply & Quality
Bernalillo County, NM
Socorro County, NM
Valencia County, NM

Start Date: 4/2/2018 -  
Biologists began rescue efforts on April 2 to salvage the Rio Grande silvery minnow, a tiny fish listed as endangered since 1994. More than 10 miles of the Rio Grande River in the vicinity of Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge were dry, making this one of the earliest salvage efforts as low snowpack and little water threatened the fish. As many as 10,000 fish were collected on some days, with many of the females ready to spawn. The fish were taken to wetter stretches of the river upstream and released. Santa Fe New Mexican (N.M.), April 13, 2018