Reclamation Seeks Public Comments on Plan to Rehabilitate Portions of the San Carlos Irrigation Project

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

For Release: June 30, 2010

The Bureau of Reclamation has issued a draft Environmental Assessment to solicit public comments on a proposal to repair Ashurst-Hayden Diversion Dam and construct a sediment processing and storage facility adjacent to the headworks of the Florence-Casa Grande Canal. The project is located near the town of Florence in Pinal County, Ariz. The diversion dam and canal are part of the San Carlos Irrigation Project, which conveys water to agricultural lands on the Gila River Indian Community and to the San Carlos Irrigation and Drainage District (SCIDD). The project will be implemented by SCIDD with funds provided by the Bureau of Reclamation. Construction will be phased over a two-year period beginning in October 2010.

Details of the proposed project can be found in the draft Environmental Assessment, which can be obtained by calling Reclamation's Phoenix Area Office at (623) 773-6239, by e-mailing, or by downloading it from the Phoenix Area Office website at

Comments should be mailed to John McGlothlen at the Bureau of Reclamation, Phoenix Area Office, PXAO-1500, 6150 West Thunderbird Rd., Glendale, Ariz. 85306-4001, or faxed to (623) 773-6481, no later than July 19, 2010. Questions may be directed to Mr. McGlothlen at (623) 773-6256.

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