Instream Flow Identification & Protection

The Recovery Program implements innovative solutions to meet the water needs of growing western communities while providing adequate instream flows to restore river and floodplain habitat to benefit endangered fishes. Program partners cooperatively manage water resources in accordance with state water law, individual water rights, and interstate compacts. This is accomplished through water leases and contracts, coordinated water releases from upstream reservoirs, participation in reservoir enlargements, efficiency improvements to irrigation systems, and reoperation of federal dams and reservoirs. These actions benefit recreational, municipal, and agricultural water users, as well as the endangered fishes.