Editorial – Grand Junction Sentinel

May 11, 2022

Last Wednesday, students from Palisade High School released about 250 razorback suckers into the Colorado River to bolster that population of endangered fish. It was made possible through a unique program the entire community should be proud of.

The students are part of Palisade High School’s fish hatchery program, and releasing the fish was the culmination of a full school year of taking care of them until they were ready to live in the river, according to reporting by The Daily Sentinel’s Nathan Deal.

Razorback suckers are one of four endangered species native to the Colorado River. To address their decreasing population, Palisade formed the first fish hatchery program of any school on the Western Slope, and one of the few fish hatchery programs of any landlocked school in the country.