Congressman Silvestre Reyes (D-TX) announced today that the United States Fish and Wildlife Service has approved $10,000 in critically needed funding for the construction of a water turnout from the Riverside Canal to the Rio Bosque Wetlands Park, a 372-acre area located in southeast El Paso county near Socorro. This environmentally significant habitat is managed for the City by the University of Texas at El Paso's Center for Environmental Resource Management (CERM). The turnout will allow for the delivery of water to the Park.
"I am pleased that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has approved the resources needed to construct the turnout," Reyes said. "We worked with Secretary Salazar's office and the Fish and Wildlife Service to help them understand the importance of providing the funding. I want to thank John Sproul, Judy Ackerman, Richard Teschner of UTEP and the 2012 officers of the Friends of the Rio Bosque, including President Sal Quintanilla, Vice-President Jane Fowler, Secretary Pat Ríos and Treasurer René Espinoza who have worked tirelessly to save this important habitat of the Rio Bosque Park."