Colorado, Feds Squabble Over Rio Grande Cutthroat Status

May 21, 2008 By: Marshall Cutchin

Charlie Meyers details the disagreement between those who believe the Rio Grande cutthroat deserves Endangered status and those who believe federal involvement is unnecessary and messy. “Another aspect of all this is the undeniable fact that federal listing is no panacea for threatened species, particularly those whose well-being is linked to water development. One need look no farther than the eternal boondoggle aimed at recovery of four native fish of the Colorado River basin to realize the futility of recovery programs welded to the power politics of water and a seemingly bottomless federal money pit.” In the Denver Post.