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The Platte River Recovery Implementation Program-Nebraska

The Platte River Recovery Implementation Program is a basin-wide effort undertaken by the Department of the Interior (DOI) and the States of Colorado, Nebraska and Wyoming to provide benefits for the endangered interior least tern, whooping crane, and pallid sturgeon and the threatened piping plover. Through the Program, the states and federal government will provide land, water and scientific monitoring and research to evaluate Program benefits for the target species. The implementation of the Program is incremental with the first increment designated for 13 years.

Program History

On July 1, 1997 the Governors of Nebraska, Colorado and Wyoming and the U.S. Secretary of Interior signed a cooperative agreement outlining a proposed basin wide recovery implementation program for endangered species in the Central and Lower Platte Basins. Thereafter a Governance Committee began formulating details of the Program. In 2006, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation released a Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued a final Biological Opinion. Read More.