Feds take flack over Frying Pan River water releases for endangered fish
January 6, 2010
BASALT, Colo. (AP) – Federal officials say endangered fish trump other fish and the anglers who chase them when it comes to flows on the Fryingpan River in western Colorado.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation say they weigh concerns about local fishing conditions when they release water from Ruedi Reservoir, but improving habitat for the endangered pikeminnow and razorback sucker is their priority.
Federal officials met Tuesday with Basalt town leaders and business owners unhappy with the river’s high, swift flows last summer after releases from the reservoir. The high flows make it difficult for anglers to wade in the river and some people canceled fishing trips.
Basalt Town Manager Bill Kane says the Fryingpan River is a resource “of national significance.”