Bureau of Reclamation Seeks Public Comments on Proposed Fish Barrier on Blue River

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

For Release: March 17, 2009

Reclamation is proposing construction of a fish barrier, removal of nonnative fishes, and restoration of native fishes in the lower 11-mile reach of the Blue River, on the Clifton Ranger District, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, Greenlee County, Arizona. The action is intended to protect existing and newly reintroduced threatened and endangered fish species.

Before an environmental assessment is prepared, input from the public is desired to aid in the identification of key issues and possible alternatives related to the proposed action that should be addressed in the EA.

Details of the proposed project can be found in the Public Scoping Notice, which can be obtained by calling Reclamation's 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 April 27, 2009. Questions may be directed to Mr. McGlothlen at (623) 773-6256.

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