Water Planning Data for Region E (Far West Texas)

Alamito Creek - From the confluence with the Rio Grande in Presidio County upstream to the FM 169 crossing in Presidio County.

High water quality/exceptional aquatic life/high aesthetic value: ecoregion stream; diverse benthic macroinvertebrate and fish communities (Bayer et al., 1992; Linam et al., 1999)
Threatened or endangered species/unique communities: Conchos pupfish (Fed.SOC/St.T), Chihuahua shiner (Fed. SOC/St.T), Mexican stoneroller (Fed.SOC/St.T) (Bayer et al., 1992)

Cienega Creek - From the confluence with Alamito Creek upstream to its headwaters in Presidio County.

Biological function: intact desert spring ecosystem displays significant overall habitat value (D. Riskind, 1999, pers. comm.)
Riparian conservation area: Big Bend Ranch State Park
Threatened or endangered species/unique communities: Big Bend mud turtle (St.E) and endangered desert fishes (D. Riskind, 1999, pers. comm.)

Independence Creek - From the confluence with the Pecos River 15 miles south of Old Fort Lancaster and Sheffield in Terrell County upstream to its headwaters located 18 miles southwest of Sheffield in Terrell County.

Riparian conservation area: Chandler Ranch
High water quality/exceptional aquatic life/high aesthetic value: ecoregion stream; high water quality, diverse benthic macroinvertebrate community (Bayer et al., 1992)
Threatened or endangered species/unique communities: proserpine shiner (SOC/St.T), Rio Grande darter (SOC/St.T) (Linam and Kleinsasser, 1996; Linam et al., 1999)

Little Aguja Creek - From the confluence with Toyah Creek 2.5 miles southwest of Toyahvale at the Jeff Davis/Reeves County line upstream to its headwaters in the Davis Mountains 10 miles northwest of Fort Davis in Jeff Davis County.

Threatened or endangered species/unique communities: Rio Grande chub (SOC/St.T) (Hubbs et al., 1991); only known location of Little Aguja pondweed (D. Sullivan, 1998, pers. comm.)

Pecos River - From the Val Verde/Terrell County line upstream to the Terrell/Crockett/Pecos County line (within TNRCC classified stream segment 2311).

Biological function: Texas Natural Rivers System nominee for outstandingly remarkable fish and wildlife values (NPS, 1995)
High water quality/exceptional aquatic life/high aesthetic value: exceptional aesthetic value (NPS, 1995)
Threatened or endangered species/unique communities: proserpine shiner (SOC/St.T) (Hubbs et al., 1991; Linam and Kleinsasser, 1996)

Phantom Springs (Jeff Davis County)

Riparian conservation area: Managed by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department through an agreement with the Bureau of Land Management
Threatened or endangered species/unique communities: Comanche Springs pupfish (Fed.E/St.E), Pecos gambusia (SOC/St.T) (Hubbs et al., 1991)

Rio Grande - From a point 1.1 miles downstream of the confluence of Ramsey Canyon in Val Verde County to the confluence of the Rio Conchos (Mexico) in Presidio County (TNRCC stream segment 2306).

Riparian conservation area: Big Bend National Park; Big Bend Ranch State Natural Area; National Wild and Scenic River
High water quality/exceptional aquatic life/high aesthetic value: diverse benthic macroinvertebrate community (J. Davis, 1998, pers. comm.)
Threatened or endangered species/unique communities: Occurrence of species or habitat insufficient to merit designation.

Terlingua Creek - From the confluence with the Rio Grande two miles south of Terlingua Abaja in Brewster County upstream to the FM 170 crossing in Brewster County

Riparian conservation area: Big Bend National Park
High water quality/exceptional aquatic life/high aesthetic value: ecoregion stream (Linam et al., 1999); exceptional aesthetic value (NPS, 1995)
Threatened or endangered species/unique communities: proserpine shiner (SOC/St.T) (Linam et al., 1999)

References

Bayer, C.W., J.R. Davis, S.R. Twidwell, R. Kleinsasser, G. Linam, K. Mayes, and E. Hornig. 1992. Texas aquatic ecoregion project: an assessment of least disturbed streams (draft). Texas Water Commission, Austin, Texas.

Davis, J.R. 1998. Personal communication. Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission, Austin, Texas.

Linam, G.W., L.J. Kleinsasser, and K. Mayes. 1999. Regionalization of the index of biotic integrity for Texas streams (draft - in review). Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, River Studies Report No. 16, Austin, Texas.

Hubbs, C., R.J. Edwards, and G.P. Garrett. 1991. An annotated checklist of the freshwater fishes of Texas, with keys to identification of species. Texas Journal of Science 43: 1-56.

Linam, G.W. and L.J. Kleinsasser. 1996. Relationship between fishes and dissolved oxygen in the Pecos River, Texas. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, River Studies Report No. 9, Austin, Texas.

National Park Service. 1995. The nationwide rivers inventory. United States Department of the Interior, Washington, DC.

Sullivan, D. 1998. Personal communication. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Austin, Texas.

Riskind, D. 1999. Personal communication. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Austin, Texas.


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