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Old 07-15-2011, 01:14 PM   #1
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It’s a true wildlife oasis: most of the surface water around here is too salty; Independence Creek and her springs provide crucial freshwater to the Lower Pecos. State threatened fish—the Proserpine Shiner, Rio Grande Darter and Headwaters Catfish—thrive here alongside rare snail species. The abundant water supports a riparian corridor, which provides important habitat for migratory waterfowl, shorebirds and Neotropical species.
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A little more about Independence Creek Preserve.


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http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives...8_lowres-2.pdf

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Ecoregion - Chihuahuan Dersert
The lower Pecos River
riparian corridor habitats
mesa top
alluvial valley grasslands
lower Pecos tributary streams

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Eleven tributaries join Independence Creek: Hackberry Draw, North Draw, Harral Draw, Seventeen Draw, Surveyor Canyon, Mitchell Draw, Deer Canyon, Horsehead Canyon, Oil Well Canyon, Dry Creek, and North Canyon. The course of Independence Creek dissects massive limestone on flat plains, traverses caliche on rolling terrain, and crosses wash deposits on steep to gentle slopes. Generally dark, calcareous stony clays and clay loams support cacti, scrub brush, creosote bush, oaks, junipers, grasses, and mesquites.
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‪Texas' Independence Creek Preserve‬‏ - YouTube
Thanks, Gloria. Great video. I was impressed about the fact that the water purity is greater than that which is usually in bottle water.

It was a revelation to me also that there exists a North American cichlid fish. The film made me want to go down there and experience such a place. Now, if I'm ever in Texas...

The only thing about the film I didn't like was that the naturalist looked like Peyton Manning, and I'm a Pats fan.
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Old 07-19-2011, 12:04 PM   #5
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If we can keep development at bay and not screw with the self sustaining system that keeps this water clear, maybe it has a chance of remaining such so clean.
If you read how many tributaries enter along this creek you see how far reaching the protection easements must be to have a permanent positive effect.
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