Results and Accomplishments
Through the program, $626 million, indexed annually, will be used to create and maintain habitat along the lower Colorado River. The Federal government will provide half of this funding, and the state and local program partners will provide the other half. In addition:
• The program will create more than 8,100 acres of new or restored cottonwood-willow, mesquite, marsh, and backwater habitat to benefit six endangered species and 20 additional species. The agreement covers a 400-mile stretch of the lower Colorado, about the same distance as New York City to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
• Existing habitat will be enhanced and populations of endangered native fish augmented to ensure adequate genetic stock and numbers until a lower Colorado River recovery implementation plan is developed.
• An extensive science, monitoring, and adaptive management program will be implemented to ensure maximum benefit to the species.