Endangered Species

August 6, 2014--The uphill journey of the greenback cutthroat trout (WestWord)

State and federal biologists have been trying to protect the greenback cutthroat trout ever since it was included on the first-ever Endangered Species Act list in 1973. But in 2007, a University of Colorado study cast doubt on whether the fish they'd been saving were actually greenbacks at all.


April 3, 2014--Water shortages for New Mexico farmers, fish (Albuquerque Journal)

Much of the snowpack in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado is already gone, but it seems to be blowing away in the wind rather than melting into the state’s streams and rivers. That has water managers scrambling to cope with the state’s fourth consecutive very dry year.


March 29, 2014--Who should get water deliveries divides California lawmakers (Fresno Bee)

Seasonal storms have exposed once more some perennial political divisions over California water. Citing the latest rainfall, seven of the state’s lawmakers are urging the Obama administration to free up more irrigation deliveries for San Joaquin Valley farms. The muscular Capitol Hill lineup is noticeable both for who’s on it and who’s not.


February 20, 2014--Protecting McPhee Reservoir is goal of water managers (Cortez Journal)

There is a lot going on these days that could affect the Dolores Project and many recent events have received newspaper coverage. This column is intended to put these events into a broader context that will help those who are interested understand what is going on as this story continues to unfold.


April 9, 2013--Squawfish to stay on endangered species list (Durango Herald)

One of four imperiled fish on the Colorado River will stay on the endangered species list at least another five years to ensure its numbers are rebounding. Colorado pikeminnows, once known as squawfish, are now most common in the Green and Yampa rivers, though the 15-mile stretch of the Colorado River through the Grand Valley that is considered critical to survival of the fish.


March 28, 2013--Local governments pledge cooperation to save sage grouse (Telluride Watch)

With the threat of the Gunnison sage grouse being listed as an endangered species and more than 1.7 million acres of land being designated as critical habitat becom


Razorback Sucker Found in Grand Canyon

Biologists recently caught a razorback sucker in Grand Canyon National Park. It was the first one seen in 20 years and it is believed the fish swam upstream 50 miles from Lake Mead.


October 29, 2012--Endangered razorback sucker discovered in Grand Canyon (High Country News)

On Oct. 9, biologists electrofishing in Grand Canyon National Park caught a razorback sucker -- the first one seen in the park in 20 years. The endangered fish, known for its distinctive humpback, huge size (up to three feet long!) and long life (40-plus years!) was once common in the Colorado River and its tributaries.


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