Bureau of Reclamation Seeks Public Comments on Proposed Fish Barrier in Redfield Canyon

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

For Release: June 01, 2011

The Bureau of Reclamation has issued a draft Environmental Assessment to solicit public comments on a proposal to construct a fish barrier in a remote section of Redfield Canyon, Graham County, Arizona. The site of the proposed fish barrier is 32 miles north of Benson, Arizona.

The action is intended to protect populations of endangered Gila chub, threatened loach minnow, and threatened spikedace that occupy portions of the Redfield Canyon drainage.

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. 85306-4001or faxed to (623) 773-6481, no later than June 27, 2011. Questions may be directed to Mr. McGlothlen at (623) 773-6256.

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