FY16 - FY17 Middle Rio Grande Endangered Species Collaborative Program Annual Report
Publication: Prepared by Middle Rio Grande Endangered Species Collaborative Program, 51 p.
The Middle Rio Grande Endangered Species Collaborative Program (Program or MRGESCP) is a diverse partnership bringing several federal, state, tribal, local, and university signatories together to address environmental concerns in the Middle Rio Grande (MRG) related to endangered species. The Program’s collaborative efforts aim to protect and improve the status of endangered species and their habitats along the MRG, while also allowing existing and future regional water uses.
In fiscal years 2016 (FY16) and 2017 (FY17), the Program began to shift direction away from efforts to develop a MRG Recovery Implementation Plan (RIP) toward pursuing an Adaptive Management Program (AMP) and developing a new Long-Term Plan (LTP). Simultaneously, several signatories developed and implemented a new multi-party MRG Biological Opinion (BO). With these changes, and ongoing collaboration and support needed for other MRG BO’s, and the Program’s on-going activities geared toward species recovery, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), in coordination with the other Program signatories, contracted a third-party Program Management Team (PMT) to support the Program moving forward.