Instream Flow Identification & Protection

The Recovery Program implements innovative solutions to meet the water needs of growing western communities while providing adequate instream flows to restore river and floodplain habitat to benefit endangered fishes. Program partners cooperatively manage water resources in accordance with state water law, individual water rights, and interstate compacts. This is accomplished through water leases and contracts, coordinated water releases from upstream reservoirs, participation in reservoir enlargements, efficiency improvements to irrigation systems, and reoperation of federal dams and reservoirs. These actions benefit recreational, municipal, and agricultural water users, as well as the endangered fishes.

2008 Upper Colorado River basin aerial photography
This imagery was flown at approximately 1500 ft. above the rivers. The mosaics are made from individual frames stitched together into approximately 1/2 mile segments, some are individual frames. Photo mosaics have a pixel resolution of 4 to 6 inches, a swath is about 1/3 mile.
6/3/08 & 8/29/08 - Gunnison R.,Colorado R. confluence to North Fork
6/4/08 & 6/5/08 - Yampa R., Maybell to Steamboat
6/5/08 & 8/28/08- Green R., Split Mt to Sand Wash
8/28/08 - Green R., Town of Green River to Colorado R. confluence
6/4/08 - Colorado R., Loma to Rifle

Upper Colorado River Basin River Temperature Data & Channel Monitoring and River Sediment data