To restore streams, conservationists look to their grassland headwaters
The land west of the Pecos is Texas at its wildest. But this rugged terrain has also been profoundly altered by human actions, and the starkest impact may be the loss of flowing water. Across our region, once-perennial streams are now steep-banked arroyos, bone-dry except during flash floods.
Reviving streams will require a broad vision, one that takes in the root causes of their decline. A new initiative aims to do just that, by restoring the high grasslands where these desert lifelines begin.
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