Bureau of Reclamation Seeks Public Comments on Proposed Repairs to Tsaile Dam

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

For Release: August 16, 2011

Phoenix - The Bureau of Reclamation is issuing a draft Environmental Assessment to solicit public comments on proposal repairs to Tsaile Dam on the Navajo Indian Reservation in Apache County, Ariz. Tsaile Dam is approximately 21 miles northeast of Chinle, Ariz. The dam is owned and operated by the Navajo Nation.

The project is intended to correct safety deficiencies that could jeopardize the structural integrity of Tsaile Dam. Corrective action is needed to reduce the probability of embankment failure and associated risk to the public from continued impoundment of water behind the dam.

Details of the proposed project can be found in the draft Environmental Assessment, which is available by calling Reclamation's Phoenix Area Office at (623) 773-6251, by e-mailing jharagara@usbr.gov, or on 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 September 14. Questions may be directed to Mr. McGlothlen at (623) 773-6256.

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