Bureau of Reclamation seeks public comments on proposed native fish restoration project on Blue River

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

For Release: July 21, 2010

The Bureau of Reclamation has issued a draft Environmental Assessment to solicit public comments on a proposal to construct a fish barrier, remove nonnative fishes, and restore native fishes in the Blue River drainage, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, Greenlee and Apache counties, Arizona. The action is intended to protect an existing population of threatened loach minnow and restore populations of roundtail chub and threatened spikedace.

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) 773-6251, by e-mailing jharagara@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. 85306-4001 or faxed to (623) 773-6481, no later than August 23, 2010. Questions may be directed to Mr. McGlothlen at (623) 773-6256.

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