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TamarixA Case Study of Ecological Change in the American West$
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Anna Sher and Martin F. Quigley

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199898206

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199898206.001.0001

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Evapotranspiration by Tamarisk in the Colorado River Basin

Evapotranspiration by Tamarisk in the Colorado River Basin

(p.44) 4 Evapotranspiration by Tamarisk in the Colorado River Basin

Erika Zavaleta

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on evapotranspiration (ET) by tamarisk in the Colorado River basin. In particular, it considers whether restoration of tamarisk-invaded rivers and riverbanks could result in increased water savings. The chapter begins with a background on tamarisk and its reputated use of large quantities of water as an aggressive invasive species before looking at anecdotal examples and studies that have led to some confusion about the potential of tamarisk control for water savings. It then presents an excerpt from a discussion by a panel of experts convened in November 2008 to address major questions regarding ET by tamarisk in the Colorado River basin, such as ET rates for replacement vegetation, the role of infestation density in overall ET rates, or whether tamarisk control and restoration actions can save water and increase stream flows in the Colorado River system.

Keywords:   evapotranspiration, tamarisk, Colorado River basin, restoration, water savings, invasive species, tamarisk control, vegetation, infestation, stream flows

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