Project Description

Formed as a collaborative effort between various governmental agencies, conservation organizations, and local stakeholders, the Virgin River Coalition (VRC) is committed to preserving the delicate ecosystem of the lower Virgin River. With its lush riparian corridors and vital aquatic habitats, this region harbors a diverse array of flora and fauna, making it a focal point for conservation efforts. To that end, the VRC was awarded a grant by theĀ  United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to conduct two projects relating to the management and health of the river.

The first is a comprehensive fish study project, an ambitious endeavor aimed to establish baseline populations of both native and non-native fish species inhabiting the lower reaches of the Virgin River. By meticulously cataloging the aquatic biodiversity present in this vital ecosystem, the project seeks to better understand the dynamics at play and inform future conservation strategies

fish study


United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)

Project Date

Started: Spring 2024

How the Project Works

Fish Study 1
Fish Study 3

To achieve its objectives, the VRC and USFWS have enlisted the expertise of BioWest, a, environmental consulting firm specializing in ecological assessments. BioWest’s role in the project is instrumental, as they are tasked with conducting two comprehensive samplings of the river’s fish populations. The first sampling is scheduled for spring 2024, with a follow-up slated for fall of the same year. Utilizing state-of-the-art methodologies and scientific rigor, BioWest’s team of biologists will meticulously document the abundance and distribution of fish species throughout the study area.

Once the samplings are completed, BioWest will analyze the collected data, generating detailed reports that encapsulate the findings of the study. These reports will be shared with the VRC, its partner organizations, and relevant stakeholders, providing invaluable insights into the current state of the Virgin River’s aquatic ecosystem. Armed with this knowledge, the VRC and its allies will be better equipped to formulate targeted conservation strategies aimed at safeguarding this vital natural resource for generations to come.