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Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program
Federal officials say they are generally satisfied with the progress on recovering four native Colorado River fish species, but concerned that the impacts of the 2012 drought could result in some setbacks to the program. Issuing a “sufficient progress”memo, the U.S.
With 2012 shaping up to be at least a near-record drought year in the high country, some of the Colorado River’s endangered native fish could be facing a battle for survival, especially in key tributaries like the Yampa, in northwestern Colorado.
The Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program is lending a high-tech hand to four species of endangered fish on the Western Slope. At the Price-Stubb Diversion Dam on the Colorado River near Rifle, a new “passive integrated transponder” (PIT) tag system is now monitoring the movement of endangered fish that are PIT tagged.
As part of an ongoing effort to improve river habitat for several endangered fish species, releases from various reservoirs will be increased this week and next as part of the Coordinated Reservoirs Operations Program.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Western governors and a power supplier are extending a program aimed at protecting endangered fish in the upper basin of the Colorado River while looking out for the interests of water users. The agreement signed earlier but announced Thursday extends the Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program through 2023.
Six reservoirs along the upper Colorado River are releasing water through the Memorial Day weekend to help improve mating habitat for endangered fish. The releases from Granby, Ruedi, Windy Gap, Williams Wolford Mountain, Dillon and Green Mountain reservoirs are designed to replicate spring peak flows on the Colorado before the dams were built.
April 1, 2009--Endangered fish recovery effort could benefit Grand County reach of Colorado River (Grand County Sky-Hi Daily News)
The effort to recover endangered fish near Grand Junction could benefit Colorado River conditions closer to home.
July 2, 2008--Speakers credit spirit of cooperation for success of fish recovery program (Grand Junction Sentinel)
The completion of the $12.1 million diversion, a 900-foot rock channel that bypasses an 8-foot-high concrete dam that formerly diverted water into the Price-Stubb ditch, removes the last obstacle in the upstream passage for native fish in a 290-mile span of the Colorado River from Lake Powell to Rifle.
Without a name tag hanging on each fish, biologists are reluctant to say exactly how many endangered fish swim in the Colorado River. But research indicates populations of the four endangered fish species — the Colorado pikeminnow, the humpback chub, the razorback sucker and the bonytail chub — are stable or increasing.