September 23, 2011
HOUSTON - Spanish explorers called it Rio de los Brazos de Dios, the River of the Arms of God. Now known as the Brazos River, it winds its way into Texas from New Mexico, crossing 840 miles to empty into the Gulf. It is the Lone Star state's longest river, 11th-longest in the country, home to scores of native fish, many of which cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
Gene Wilde, a Texas Tech University fish ecology professor who led the effort, said he plans to head up to the river again soon to see if some of the remaining Arkansas River shiners have been able to spawn.
"There is cause for concern," Wilde said.