Deal in second year again helps endangered fish, local power plant

The Daily Sentinel

A unique agreement is providing some help to endangered fish in the Colorado River locally in a year when they need any extra help they can get.

The five-year deal between the nonprofit Colorado Water Trust and the Orchard Mesa Irrigation District and Grand Valley Water Users Association bolsters hydroelectric power generation at the historic Grand Valley Power Plant. It also results in extra water in a 15-mile stretch of river just downstream where water levels can fall to particularly low levels in a dry year such as this one.

…Kate Ryan, senior staff attorney for the trust, said the release will boost flows by about 25 cubic feet per second. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also has been having other water released from reservoirs to supplement flows in the stretch.

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Dennis Webb

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