Comanche Creek Project

The Truchas Chapter, as a member of the Comanche Creek Workgroup, has been partnering with numerous government agencies and conservation organizations and other stakeholders to implement an innovative and collaborative restoration effort along Comanche Creek watershed in the Carson National Forest (CNF) Valle Vidal Unit since 200. In 2003 and 2009, the Chapter received TU Embrace-A-Stream grants to implementation of innovative stream restoration techniques.

The experimental post vanes installed during 2003 have become the basis for subsequent stream restoration work on Comanche Creek during the last decade. The Chapter also worked with its NM Council and TU national and NMGF on a program to reintroduce pure RGCT to the creek. This team of TU organizations secured $101,700 in grant funding for a fish barrier, RGCT and non-native trout salvage operations, piscicide treatments, and water quality and biotic sampling. This effort culminated with the reintroduction of pure RGCT in 2009. In addition, the Truchas Chapter has been instrumental in providing numerous hours of volunteer labor toward this RGCT reintroduction project as well as habitat improvement efforts in the watershed.

Since the project’s inception, over hundreds of riparian restoration structures have been installed along the Comanche Creek watershed. Efforts of the Comanche Creek Workgroup were instrumental in getting the NMED to designate Comanche Creek and its tributaries as Outstanding National Resource Waters in 2006 which gives these waters protection from activities that would result in further degradation. See http://www.comanchecreek.org to learn more about the RGCT restoration project on Comanche Creek.