The Colorado River Fishery Project functions under guidance and funding provided by the Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program and the San Juan River Basin Recovery Implementation Program. These two recovery programs are cooperative partnerships created to recover the four endangered fishes of the upper basin while allowing for continued and future water development. All CRFP activities are governed by committees comprised of representatives from federal and state agencies, affected Indian nations, and other public and private organizations.
Program cooperators in the Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program include: Colorado River Energy Distributors Association, Colorado Water Congress, Environmental Defense Fund, National Park Service, States of Colorado, Utah and Wyoming, The Nature Conservancy, Bureau of Reclamation, Fish and Wildlife Service, Utah Water Users Association, Western Area Power Administration, and Wyoming Water Association.
Program cooperators in the San Juan River Basin Recovery Implementation Program include: Jicarilla Apache Nation, Navajo Nation, Southern Ute Tribe, Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, States of Colorado and New Mexico, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, Fish and Wildlife Service, and various water development interests.