Bureau of Reclamation Seeks Public Comments on Plan to Replace Captain Tom Dam

Media Contact: Patricia Cox, (623) 773-6214
John McGlothlen , (623) 773-6256

For Release: August 04, 2008

The Bureau of Reclamation has issued a draft Environmental Assessment to solicit public comments on the potential environmental effects of a proposed project to correct safety deficiencies associated with Captain Tom Dam on the Navajo Nation in San Juan County, New Mexico. Proposed corrective measures include replacing the existing dam with a new dam on an adjacent downstream site. The construction will be phased over a two-year period beginning in 2009.

Details of the proposed project can be found in the draft Environmental Assessment, which can be obtained by calling Reclamations 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/

Comments should be mailed to John McGlothlen at the Bureau of Reclamation, Phoenix Area Office, PXAO-1500, 6150 West Thunderbird Rd., Glendale, Ariz. 85306-4001or faxed to (623) 773-6481, no later than September 2, 2008. Questions may be directed to Mr. McGlothlen at (623) 773-6256.

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