world wildlife fund

Climate Change Challenge: Less Water, Worse Droughts

Grant Award: $248,594; Year Awarded: 2014

Human and climate impacts along the Rio Grande/Bravo river and local tributaries in the Big Bend region have altered the conveyance of water and sediment, resulting in reduced water availability and deteriorated native aquatic and riparian habitat. Climate forecasts for this region describe a warmer climate characterized by droughts of greater frequency, intensity and duration. Dramatic reduction in stream corridor water availability, with consummate loss of many native riparian and aquatic species, is likely. This project will work along small tributaries to reestablish dense stands of coyote willow that will slow flow velocities, promote sediment aggradation, and increase local recharge of riparian water tables