WA-15-2-Adequately Funding the Endangered Fish Recovery Program, Support of

WHEREAS  funding for the Upper Colorado and San Juan River Endangered Fish Recovery Programs was authorized in October of 2000, ( P.L. 106-392)  and authorized funding (both direct and cost-shared) to implement these two endangered fish recovery programs, and

WHEREAS the Endangered Fish Recovery Programs have a history of successful partnerships that protect and recover endangered fish populations while simultaneously protecting water users and benefiting local communities.  There are several examples across Colorado where landowners and water user groups have benefitted by utilizing Recovery Program funding to mitigate impacts of fish recovery initiatives, including rehabilitation of Elkhead Reservoir on the Moffat-Routt County line, and

WHEREAS the Recovery Programs fund implementation of endangered fish recovery programs and authorizes monies to be spent to mitigate impacts from endangered fish management, and

WHEREAS the USFWS has committed to a diverse sport fishery within the enlarged Elkhead Reservoir.  While sportfish have escaped the reservoir, resulting in negative effects on the endangered fish populations of the Yampa River, diverse local interests have collaborated to solve the issue of escaping sportfish, and now support installing a fish screen at Elkhead Reservoir.

WHEREAS stream banks are eroding at escalated rates along the Green River below Flaming Gorge Dam, due to water releases for endangered fish.  The USFWS and landowners have acknowledged that stream bank stabilization is one possible solution to the issue.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED  that CLUB 20 recognizes the benefits of and supports the Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program and the San Juan River Basin Recover Implementation Program.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that CLUB 20 supports Recovery Program monies being utilized to mitigate effects to landowners and user groups (e.g., sport fishermen) from endangered fish management efforts as we believe mitigation costs from endangered fish management should not be borne alone by the individuals and communities affected.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that CLUB 20 supports Congress appropriating funding for the Recovery Program to a sufficient level and for a sufficient time frame to address recovery and mitigation efforts necessary across Colorado.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that CLUB 20 requests funding be appropriated through the Recovery Program to include screening Elkhead Reservoir and stabilizing the stream banks in Colorado below Flaming Gorge Dam.

Adopted 3/27/2015