Media Advisory - Reclamation, MRGCD, and Corps Present the 2004 Middle Rio Grande Annual Operating Plan

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

For Release: April 08, 2004

The Public is invited to a meeting about the water operations along the Middle Rio Grande during 2004. The meeting will be held on Thursday, April 15, 2004, at 6 p.m. at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center located at 2401 12 th St. NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico. The presentation will cover:

The process for determining the Annual Operating Plan for water operations;

Review of 2003 water forecast, predictions and reality;

Review of 2003 water storage and release for the Rio Grande Compact, Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District and the Rio Grande silvery minnow;

2004 water forecast and predictions;

2004 potential for water storage and release; and

2004 impacts to water-related recreation.

The audiences' questions concerning the Middle Rio Grande Annual Operating Plan will be addressed at the meeting. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be available to answer questions as well.

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