Kara Gillon

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The Bureau of Reclamation and Corps of Engineers operate a series of dams, reservoirs, and levees along the Middle Rio Grande of New Mexico. The plight of the Rio Grande silvery minnow, an endangered species, and of the river itself demonstrates the need for a change from the emphasis on water development to sustainable river management. Conservation groups invoked the protections of the Endangered Species Act to catalyze this change. Recognizing that flexibility is necessary to meeting competing water needs, the groups also promoted the need for and several approaches to a sustainable and long-term approach to river management and wildlife protection. Recently, several conservation groups took a major step forward for the river with the creation of space to store environmental water in an upstream reservoir and are now exploring how to integrate an environmental water account into the existing context.


Natural Resources Journal



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