Program For Endangered Fish A No Go This Spring

LAKEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Colorado water officials say a voluntary program to provide enhanced spring peak river flows for two endangered fish won’t take effect this year.

The Colorado Water Conservation Board says operators of Dillon, Green Mountain, Williams Fork, Wolford and Ruedi reservoirs won’t be implementing the program this spring. The board says that’s because river flows in western Colorado won’t reach levels where increased flows would benefit the endangered Colorado pikeminnow and the razorback sucker.

Much of Colorado has been experiencing abnormally dry conditions similar to 2002, when the state went through a major drought.

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