Media Advisory - Reclamation Commissioner John Keys

Media Contact: Kim Greenwood, (505) 462-3557

For Release: June 13, 2003

John Keys, Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation, will hold a telephone media availability to issue a statement regarding the 10th Circuit Court's Opinion and the Department of the Interior's position. Following his statement, Commissioner Keys will take questions on background only.

DATE: Friday, June 13, 2003

TIME: 1:00 PM - MDT

TOPIC: 10th Circuit Court Opinion - Minnow v Keys

CALL IN NUMBER: 888-843-7183 - Passcode 20960 Moderator: Kim Greenwood

Statement of Commissioner Keys:

The 10th Circuit Opinion is a major setback in the efforts to resolve competing water allocation needs during a period of extreme drought. While the Department of the Interior believes that the 10th Circuit Opinion is wrong, we will continue to work to meet the water needs of irrigators, endangered species, pueblos, the City of Albuquerque and other San Juan-Chama contractors. And, we will also explore all legal options to address the 10th Circuit Decision.

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