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In 1997, Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska and the Department of Interior formed a unique partnership with  the goal of developing a shared approach for managing the Platte River. Water users from the three states and local and national conservation groups joined the effort. Together, these stakeholders developed an innovative approach for improving the management of the Platte — for the health of the ecosystem and the people that depend on it.

The Platte River Recovery Implementation Program is the result of that planning effort. The Program is focused on implementing this shared vision for creating and maintaining habitats on the Platte.

Program Components
  • Water: Increasing stream flow in the central Platte River during relevant Periods
  • Land: Enhancing, restoring and protecting habitat lands for the target bird species
  • Adaptive Management: Accommodating certain new water-related activities
 
Target Species
A primary focus of the Program is enhancing, restoring and protecting habitat lands for the following species: