Endangered Species Project
The Colorado Water Congress Endangered Species Special Project is actively involved in the Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program.
While our members participate in and benefit from the Platte River Recovery Implementation Program and the San Juan River Basin Recovery Implementation Program, the Water Congress is not directly involved.
The Colorado Water Congress has been involved in Endangered Species issues since 1983 when the Water Congress board of directors established the Colorado Water Congress Special Project on Endangered Species. The initial objective was to develop administrative solutions to potential conflicts between water development/management activities and protection of endangered species in the Colorado River and Platte River basins.
The Water Congress was involved in the negotiation and development of solutions for the Platte River basin until 1996. At that time, water users established a separate entity to address Platte River issues.
upper Colorado river endangered fish recovery program update
Watch a video of the 2017 Colorado Water Congress Annual Convention, where Tom Chart provides an update on the Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program:
summary of the upper Colorado river endangered species fish recovery program
PROGRESS TOWARDS RECOVERY
COLORADO RIVER BASIN
- Razorback Sucker Species Assessment: The species status assessment expresses long-term viability in terms of a 30 to 100 year timeframe. This timeframe creates uncertainty regarding the future of the species based largely on speculation on the feasibility of climate change delisting the species.
- Humpback Chub Species Assessment: The species status assessment is in the review process. It addresses long-term viability in terms of a 30 to 100 year timeframe.
COLORADO RIVER BASIN
- It appears that adequate funding will be available to rehabilitate the Grand Valley Power Plant. The process would begin in November 2017 and should be completed in November 2018. There is a need to evaluate flow management possibilities during the rehabilitation process.
- Previous flow recommendations are being reviewed and revised as part of the development of the programmatic biological opinion for the White River basin.