Balmorhea Springs, Texas

<strong>Conservation Action:</strong> <br />

This spring system supports three endangered fish species and four species of concern. They are threatened by issues including complete dewatering, depletion of aquifers by groundwater pumping, conversion for agricultural or recreation use, and poor land management practices. Management of spring and ciénega systems requires a holistic, watershed approach with private, state, federal, and local partners to conserve, restore, and address threats to these important desert habitats.

Project Partners:
Desert Fish Habitat Partnership
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
US Fish and Wildlife Service
US Bureau of Reclamation
The Nature Conservancy
Dexter National Fish Hatchery and Technology Center
Reeves County Water Improvement District
Texas Department of Agriculture
Environmental Protection Agency
USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service
Texas Agricultural Extension Service
University of Texas at Austin
University of Texas – Pan American
Sul Ross University
Texas Department of Transportation
Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Educational Foundation of America
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
City of Balmorhea

2013 Waters to Watch