US Army Corps of Engineers
Albuquerque District

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  • January

    Potential Record-Size Fish Transferred as John Martin Stilling Basin is Cleaned Out for First Time in 70 Years

    Before dewatering the John Martin Reservoir stilling basin to complete inspection, thousands of fish, many potentially record-breaking in size, were relocated to the main reservoir.
  • August

    Silvery Minnow Increase

    District biologists continue to monitor habitat restoration sites to learn more about the endangered silvery minnow population. “Observations are that the silvery minnow is doing better this year,” said fishery biologist Michael Porter.
  • October

    Searching for the Elusive, Endangered Silvery Minnow

    District Commander Lt. Col. Patrick Dagon and Maj. Jason Melchior, deputy district commander, joined other District employees and SWCA Environmental Consultants in their search for silvery minnow. On Oct. 20, 2014, they visited the Rio Grande Nature Center, one of the restoration sites the District is monitoring along the Rio Grande.
  • August

    Silvery Minnow Surviving the Drought in New Mexico

    The survival and recruitment of the Rio Grande Silvery Minnow, an endangered species, is of utmost importance in New Mexico. This is not easy in times of drought. However, with the hard work and cooperation of the Middle Rio Grande Endangered Species Collaborative Program, the minnow continues to survive in the Rio Grande.
  • March

    Seining for ‘Silver’ in the Rio Grande

    How Rio Grande silvery minnows are counted is examined in this article as well as implications if it is not an accurate count.
  • September

    Counting Fish in a Fluid Environment

    On a hot, sultry, mid-August day, I’m standing thigh-deep in the slow, muddy Rio Grande watching U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Fishery Biologist Dr. Michael “Mick” Porter and Aquatic Ecologist Justin Reale; Eric Gonzalez, Michael Hatch, Matt McMillan, biologists with SWCA Environmental Consultants; and TetraTech biologist Michael Marcus seine for fish.
  • March

    Going Green: The Silvery Minnow, Drought and the Rio Grande

    As signs of spring begin to show in the bosque, environmentalists, biologists and others continue their efforts to understand river flow issues along the Middle Rio Grande. Of particular interest are endangered species in relation to water use and jurisdiction. Within the past three years, the drought has proven to be a constant challenge to create and maintain a balanced environment for the silvery minnow to continue to spawn. Due to the drought, the environment needed for natural spawning is not present.
  • August

    Fish and Fire in the Rio Grande

    You just don’t expect fish to drown, and it is almost counter intuitive that dead fish down in the valley could somehow be the result of a fire high up in the mountains.
  • May

    Fish Squeezing is Focus of Dirty Jobs Episode

    Every spring, Game and Fish personnel capture walleye in large traps and nets. They then squeeze them to express their eggs into large enamel pans.
  • April

    District Monitors Success One Fish at a Time

    If suitable habitat is built in the Middle Rio Grande, and river flows are adjusted to more closely mimic natural flows, will the endangered Rio Grande silvery minnow become abundant once again?