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Reclamation Extends Public Review and Comment Period for Two Glen Canyon Dam Draft Environmental Assessments

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Date: March 2, 2011
Contact: Lisa Iams BOR, 801-524-3673
Contact: Beverley Hetteman, 801-524-3721

The Bureau of Reclamation has extended the public review and comment period for two recently released draft environmental assessments associated with Glen Canyon Dam to Friday, March 18, 2011.

Reclamation is extending the deadline to ensure stakeholders and the public have sufficient opportunity to thoroughly review both the Draft EA for the Development and Implementation of a Protocol for High-Flow Experimental Releases from Glen Canyon Dam, from 2011 through 2020 and the Draft EA for Non-Native Fish Control Downstream from Glen Canyon Dam, and to submit comments that will be considered prior to completion of final decision documents.

Both draft EAs were prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and are available at www.usbr.gov/uc under the "Environmental Documents" link. Printed copies of the reports are available at the Bureau of Reclamation Upper Colorado Regional Office, 125 South State Street, room 7218, Salt Lake City, Utah 84138.

Written comments for the high-flow protocol EA may be provided to the above address or via e-mail at e-mail us. For more information, or to request a printed or CD-ROM copy of the EA, please contact Dennis Kubly at (801) 524-3715.

Written comments for the non-native fish control EA may also be provided to the above address or via e-mail at e-mail us. For more information, or to request a printed or CD-ROM copy of the EA, please contact Glen Knowles at (801) 524-3781.

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Reclamation is the largest wholesale water supplier and the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the United States, with operations and facilities in the 17 Western States. Its facilities also provide substantial flood control, recreation, and fish and wildlife benefits. Visit our website at www.usbr.gov.

Relevant Links:

High Flow Protocol Environmental Assessment

Non-Native Fish Control Environmental Assessment

Did You Know?

COLORADO RIVER AT THE BOTTOM OF GRAND CANYON

From Yavapai Point on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, the drop to the Colorado River below is 4,600 feet (1,400 m). The elevation at river level is 2,450 feet (750 m) above sea level. Without the Colorado River, a perennial river in a desert environment, the Grand Canyon would not exist.