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of Rio Rancho Open Space, Inc.
22 acres of cottonwoods and other trees dying in the Willow
Creek Bosque, FORROS is trying to determine the cause.
O n April 30 Rudy Benavidez, Sandoval Extension Service Agent,
checked the area. The problem is thought to be lack of water.
Greg Fenchel and Arsenio Cruz of USCA-NRCS (Natural Resourses
Conservation Service) drilled 10 monitoring wells on May 13
to check the water tabel level in the area. Volunteers used
PVC pipe to construct the wells. Water samples were also taken
to check for salt in the water. The wells will be monitored
monthly by FORROS volunteers. FORROS volunteers working to put
in the wells were Lonnie Clayton, Russ DeHaven. Michael Dennis,
Dennis Herrick, Bea Herrick, Frank Shogren, and Dave Bagley.
Benavidez discusses dying trees with Dave Bagley of FORROS.
Cruz sets well in place with help from Russ DeHaven, Michael
Dennis and Greg Fenchel.
starts to drill with a help from Russ, Greg and Michael.
Arsenio and Russ insert well.
and Russ fill the hole with sand and bentonite.
water from the new well.