Bureau of Reclamation Seeks Public Comments on Plan to Repair Tsaile Dam

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

For Release: March 30, 2011

Reclamation is seeking public input on the possible environmental impacts of repairing Tsaile Dam on the Navajo Indian reservation, Apache County, Arizona. The dam is located on the eastern boundary of the Canyon de Chelly National Monument. Public participation will assist Reclamation in the identification of relevant environmental issues related to the proposed project that should be addressed in an upcoming Environmental Assessment.

The project is a joint venture between Reclamation, the Navajo Nation, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Proposed corrective actions include modification of the outlet works and construction of a stability berm on the downstream embankment of the dam.

A Public Scoping Notice with details of the proposed project can be obtained by calling Reclamation's Environmental Resource Management Division at 623-773-6251, e-mailing jharagara@usbr.gov, or by downloading it from the Phoenix Area Office website at http://www.usbr.gov/lc/phoenix. http://www.usbr.gov/lc/phoenix/.

Comments should be mailed to John McGlothlen at the Bureau of Reclamation, Phoenix Area Office, 6150 West Thunderbird Rd., Glendale, Ariz. 85306-4001or faxed to (623) 773-6481, no later than April 22, 2011. Please direct questions to Mr. McGlothlen at (623) 773-6256.

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