Blasting Set To Begin In American River Canyon For Placer County Water Agency Pump Station Project

Media Contact: Jeffrey McCracken, 916-978-5100

For Release: December 15, 2003

Blasting will begin Tuesday, December 16, 2003 to break up large rocks in the dry North Fork of the American River channel to continue clearing the channel for future restoration efforts for the Placer County Water Agency Pump Station Project (Project).

Blasting operations will continue through some time in early January, with the exception of December 25 - 28, 2003, and January 1-4, 2004. Blasting will begin no earlier than 9 a.m. and will finish by 4 p.m. each day.

Steve Manning Construction, the Project contractor, will drill holes in the rocks, insert charges, and ignite them, creating a muffled blast. Nearby residents can expect to hear some noise.

For additional information, contact David Jones of Reclamation's Public Affairs Office at 916-978-5108 (TDD 916-978-5608). For further information on the Project or to leave a voice message, please call 800-742-9474 and press "25".

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