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Lower Colorado River Multi-Species Conservation Program
Millions of people in Arizona and Southern California , and hundreds of thousands of acres of prime farm land, depend upon the Colorado River for water supply. Hydroelectric plants on the river provide a significant portion of power to the Southwest. To accommodate current and future water and power operations on the lower Colorado River and to address fish and wildlife concerns, a Multi-Species Conservation Program is being pursued by state, Federal, and tribal agencies. A Steering Committee is developing a plan for implementing conservation measures that will conserve and move endangered and threatened species toward recovery and decrease the need for future listings. Costs for development of the plan are being shared equally between the Federal government and the States. It is anticipated that the Program will restore over 8,000 acres of cottonwood-willow, mesquite, marsh, and backwater habitat.
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