No water for endangered fish |

No water for endangered fish


SUMMIT COUNTY ” Despite healthy runoff in the Blue River Basin, the Bureau of Reclamation said June 7 that there won’t be enough water available on the West Slope this year for the Colorado River endangered fish recovery program.

When there is above-average snowpack, surplus inflows to five reservoirs on the upper Colorado can be passed downstream to benefit the Colorado pikeminnow and the razorback sucker, both native to the river. The flows are crucial to maintaining habitat for the native fish just upstream of Grand Junction.

Under a plan established in 1995, operations of the reservoirs are coordinated each spring to try and provide those flows when possible.

But this year, cool weather shaved the peak runoff flows, missing the target threshold of 12.900 cubic feet per second in the Colorado near Grand Juntion, the Bureau of Reclamation explained in a press release.

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