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Navajo Nation Gets Federal Funds For River Recovery

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Luke Runyon
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KUNC
Animas River which is a main tributary of the San Juan and part of the San Juan River Basin, taken in July 2015.

The Navajo Nation has been awarded a $1.1 million contract as part of a multi-agency effort to help recover endangered fish in the San Juan River Basin.

The U.S. Interior Department announced the contract Monday. The funds are being awarded through the Bureau of Reclamation, which operates Navajo Dam and Reservoir on the San Juan River in Colorado and New Mexico.

The focus will be the Colorado pikeminnow and razorback sucker.

Under the contract, the Navajo Nation's assistance will include operating fish passages and raising the endangered fish in ponds for later release into the river.

Other partners in the San Juan project include the Jicarilla Apache Nation, the Southern Ute Tribe, the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe and the states of Colorado and New Mexico.

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