Colorado River fish recovery program has new director

The federal and state program aimed at allowing development of the Colorado River while working to save endangered fish has a new director.

The Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program, which this summer was extended through 2023, now is headed by Tom Chart, who has worked for and with the program during a 26-year career dealing with endangered fish.

Chart worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Ecological Services Field Office in Salt Lake City on projects to recover endangered fish in the Colorado and Virgin river systems. Before that, he was a biologist for the Bureau of Reclamation in Salt Lake City.

He also worked for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources in Moab.

“Each of Tom’s past positions has included involvement with the recovery program and its partners,” said Steve Guertin, regional director, Mountain-Prairie Region, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and chairman of the Recovery Program’s Implementation Committee, who stressed his “a broad perspective.”

The recovery Program was established in 1998 as a voluntary, cooperative effort aimed at allowing the continued development of the Colorado River for agricultural, municipal and electricity-generation purposes while working for the recovery of the endangered bonytail chub, humpback chub, Colorado pikeminnow and razorback sucker.


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