Bureau of Reclamation Finds No Significant Impact in Plan to Build a New Marina at Lake Pleasant

Media Contact: Patricia Cox, (623) 773-6214
Sandy Eto , (623) 773-6254

For Release: February 27, 2007

Reclamation has issued a final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact on a proposal by the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department to build a new marina at Lake Pleasant.

Reclamation issued an initial draft EA for public comment and review in July and, due to an error in gathering data on actual watercraft usage of Lake Pleasant. A corrected and revised draft EA was released in October 2006.

The proposed marina would be constructed on approximately 164 acres of land at Scorpion Bay on the western shore of Lake Pleasant Regional Park. It would be a full-service marina with a boating supply store; 800 wet slips; parking for up to 800 vehicles; public access boat launch ramp; and a building for boat storage and repairs.

Reclamation has determined that construction and operation of the marina will not significantly impact the environment, and a FONSI is appropriate.

The final EA and FONSI can be obtained by calling the Environmental Resource Management Division at (623) 773-6251, by e-mailing rkonst@lc.usbr.gov , or by downloading it from the Phoenix Area Office website at http://www.usbr.gov/lc/phoenix/

Questions may be directed to Bruce Ellis, Environmental Resource Management Division, at 623-773-6250.

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