Don't look now, but we may be headed to a compromise between private interests and the federal government to protect a fish in Utah County.
The federal Bureau of Reclamation has been working with the Central Utah Water Conservancy District and the state Department of Natural Resources to come up with a plan to reroute the Provo River to recreate the historic delta where the river meets Utah Lake. A winding river and marsh-filled delta will provide safe spawning and hatching areas for the June sucker, a fish native only to the lake that all but disappeared in more than a century of human encroachment.
Like Democrats in Orem, the June sucker is an endangered species. As such, the federal Endangered Species Act requires that it be protected, even if that means farmers lose some pasture or a business takes a hit.