Boulder City, Nev.
Released On: October 03, 2011
Reclamation Commissioner Michael L. Connor says the contract has been awarded to SBBI, Inc., a small business located in Sonoita, Ariz. "This is an example of how we are creating jobs through projects that protect and sustain the species that rely on healthy ecosystems," Commissioner Connor said today. "Ecosystem restoration and environmental protection are an integral part of Reclamation?s responsibility to deliver water to the West."
Commissioner Connor says the construction of a concrete barrier and removal of non-native fish one-half mile upstream from the confluence of the San Francisco River will protect populations of threatened loach minnow and allow restoration of roundtail chub and threatened spikedace.
Using a formula developed in 2009 by the Council of Economic Advisors to calculate the impact of Federal investment, the project is anticipated to generate more than 100 direct and indirect jobs for one year.
The barrier is one of a series being constructed by Reclamation on Arizona streams to meet the environmental mitigation requirements of a 2008 biological opinion by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The biological opinion addressed possible detrimental effects on local native fish populations due to the construction and long-term operation of the Central Arizona Project.
A March 2009 draft environmental assessment, issued by Reclamation and the U.S. Forest Service, in cooperation with the Arizona Game and Fish Department and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, sought public input to help address key issues and possible alternatives. After consideration of all public comments received, Reclamation issued a Finding of No Significant Impact in October.
More information on the project is available online at: www.usbr.gov/lc/phoenix/reports/blueriver/brfbfea.pdf.
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