Saltcedar and Russian Olive Trees Consume Similar
Amounts of Water as Native Cottonwoods and Willows,
Wildlife Effects Mixed (Apr 28, 2010) DOI. USGS. Fort Collins Science Center.
to the report, Saltcedar and Russian Olive
Control Demonstration Act Science Assessment, non-native saltcedar
olive trees that have spread along streams and water
bodies in the West may not be as detrimental
to wildlife and water availability as believed. Scientists
conducted a review of the scientific literature to assess
the existing state of the science on the distribution and
spread, water consumption, and control methods for saltcedar
(also called tamarisk) and Russian olive. One notable finding
is that native trees such as cottonwoods and willows along
western rivers typically consume as much water as non-native
saltcedar and Russian olive.