Chapter members may recall that last years Coldwater Outreach Conservation Program grant went to the Truchas River Chapter Trout Unlimited in New Mexico. (TRTU)
The grant money helped TRTU fund a NEPA (National Environmental Protection Act) study of a project to place a barrier on Los Alomitos Creek to prevent encroachment of non-native trout into native Rio Grande cutthroat trout water.
TRTU has provided GRTU with an update on the project, as well as a copy of the agreement with the New Mexico Department of Fish and Game to conduct this NEPA study. This update and the NEPA study agreement can be found here:
http://www.viacoustics.com/Truchas_GRTU ... t_2-09.pdf
We may be able to learn some things about the conservation process, and gaining the necessary approvals, but watching TRTU as they go through the process.
As pointed out in the project update, funding for the actual construction of the barrier is easier to come by through various project grants, than was the funding for the NEPA study needed to approve the barrier.
This forum contains information about the COC fund activities. It is linked to the web site.
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