FY 2022-23 Grant-in-Aid Update Trap, Test, & Transplant; Water Distribution & Delivery System (GIAs 2223-52 and 2223-53) Sonora, MX
Another element of the Sierra El Alamo desert bighorn restoration program has been the development and distribution of water for the benefit of desert bighorn sheep and other desert-dwelling wildlife. In 2021, a water well was drilled at a key elevation/location in the mountains of Sierra El Alamo; using solar-powered pumps, this well supplies an 80,000-liter (21,000-gallon) tank, which then gravity feeds water to a network of drinkers strategically placed throughout the more than 80,000-acre Sierra El Alamo project site. To expand the water delivery system, during winter 2022-2023, another 10,000-liter (2,700 gallon) tank was sited, with more than 8,000 meters of 1-1/4” and ¾” PVC pipe being buried to assist in spreading water sources throughout the project area.
Current FY 2022-2023 funding from the Wild Sheep Foundation was $60,000 toward these paired projects, with our long-time conservation partner Dallas Safari Club Foundation, contributing $10,000. Over the past 6 years, total WSF funding toward this desert bighorn sheep restoration totaled $247,500, in addition to a total of $22,500 from the Dallas Safari Club Foundation and the WSF Midwest Chapter $15,000 in project support.