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Interior, Western leaders extend fish recovery

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

DENVER – 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. Salazar, Govs. Bill Ritter of Colorado and Dave Freudenthal of Wyoming, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. and Western Area Power Administration Administrator Timothy Meeks signed the agreement.

The goal is to rebuild the populations of endangered bonytail, humpback chub, Colorado pikeminnow and razorback in the Colorado River. Started in 1998, the partnership has restored habitat, managed nonnative fish, conducted research and monitoring and ensured there’s enough water in the river to maintain the fish.