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Kara Lamb
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Released On: August 10, 2012

Save the Date! Fryingpan-Arkansas Project’s 50th Anniversary Celebration
LOVELAND, Colo. -- Reclamation and the Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District invite the public to celebrate the Fryingpan-Arkansas Project's 50th Anniversary at Lake Pueblo State Park on Sat., Aug. 18. The event is located at Lake Pueblo State Park Visitor's Center from 9 a.m.to 2 p.m.

Reclamation, the District and Colorado State Parks and Wildlife are offering free pontoon boat tours around Pueblo Reservoir and free tours of the fish hatchery located below Pueblo Dam. There will also be historical displays and several guest speakers.

Signed into law by President John F. Kennedy in 1962, the Fryingpan-Arkansas Project is a multipurpose trans-basin water diversion and delivery project serving southeastern Colorado.

The Fryingpan-Arkansas Project provides:

  • Water for more than 720,000 people
  • Irrigation for 265,000 acres
  • The largest hydro-electric power plant in the state
  • World renowned recreation opportunities from the Fryingpan River to the Arkansas River.

For more information the 50th Anniversary Celebration – and to see a teaser of the upcoming film! – visit our website at www.usbr.gov/gp/ecao. Please also contact Jean Van Pelt with the Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District at (719) 948-2400, jean@secwcd.com; or Kara Lamb with Reclamation, at (970) 962-4326, klamb@usbr.gov for more Fry-Ark 50th information.

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