Coordinated Reservoir Releases for Endangered Fish Not Needed this Spring
For Immediate Release
June 12, 2014
“Reservoir operators worked hard to minimize impacts that might result from high flows, and were still able to meet the endangered fish flow recommended target of 23,500 cubic foot per second (cfs), as measured at the Cameo gage on May 31. The river later peaked at 26,000 cfs on June 2,” said Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program (Recovery Program) Director, Tom Chart.
A voluntary program, CROS was established in 1995 as part of the Recovery Program to enhance spring peak flows for endangered fish to a section of the Colorado River upstream of Grand Junction, Colorado. In average snowpack years, reservoir operators simultaneously release water to provide an enhanced peak flow that creates habitat conditions that benefit endangered Colorado pikeminnow, razorback sucker, humpback chub, and bonytail. Water managers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will start discussing operations to meet summer baseflow targets for the endangered fish when the spring flows subside.
The State of Colorado tracks Colorado’s surface water conditions online at: www.dwr.state.co.us/Surfacewater/default.aspx.
The Bureau of Reclamation tracks snowpack and reservoirs levels at: http://on.doi.gov/1kXxZpn
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