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Alt. Water Transfers

Cover HW Fall 2017

Water sharing and banking, coined "alternative transfer methods" or ATMs, could provide flexibility for stretched water supplies —but not without marked challenges. Read the Fall 2017 issue of Headwaters magazine and explore options to:

  • keep water in farming
  • help municipalities plan ahead
  • share between ag and environmental uses
  • bank water on the Colorado River

Browse articles and find a flipbook of the magazine here.

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The Upper Colorado Endangered Fish Recovery Program

The Upper Colorado Endangered Fish Recovery Program, established 20 years ago, is a collaborative effort to restore four endangered fish species and continue water development in compliance with state and federal laws and interstate compacts.


The humpback chub, pikeminnow, razorback sucker and bonytail once thrived in the Colorado River system. None are considered sport fish, but all evolved 3 to 5 million years ago. Dams, diversions and other barriers have altered the river's flows, affecting the native fishes' habitat. And, as many as 40 non-native fish species—such as predatory channelcats and largemouth bass and the popular game fish such as smallmouth bass—have been introduced over the last century.

Among those involved are the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Reclamation, Colorado Water Congress, The Nature Conservancy, Utah and Wyoming.

One aspect of the program is to protect stream flows and alter federal dam releases to recreate more natural flow patterns. Another is to raise native fish in hatcheries and restock the river. The program also restores wetland habitat and builds fish passages around dams and other barriers.

—U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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