Yuma open house to provide details on the Lower Colorado River Multi-Species Conservation Program and backwater site selection

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January 5th, 2009

The Arizona Game and Fish Department and representatives from the Bureau of Reclamation, the implementing agency for the Lower Colorado River Multi-Species Conservation Program (LCR MSCP), will be conducting an open house meeting on Monday, Jan. 12, 2009 to provide an update and facilitate discussion about this 50-year conservation effort and to answer questions from the public.

The meeting will take place at the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area Office (the old City Hall) at 180 W. 1st Street, Yuma, AZ, 85364, starting at 5:30 p.m. with approximately an hour of presentation. Afterwards, representatives will allow plenty of time to answer questions and have open discussions with the public. Items of public interest will include:

  • Overview, purpose, and status of the LCR MSCP;
  • Overview of the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s role as a partner in the LCR MSCP;
  • LCR MSCP backwater site selection process and status update;
  • Open public forum, question and answer period;
  • Breakout sessions and informal discussions related to LCR MSCP backwater site selection process

“We are hosting this joint open house because we’ve received a lot of questions regarding this project and concerns about how it will affect our customers,” said Pat Barber, the Yuma regional supervisor for the Arizona Game and Fish Department. “We understand that it is critical that the local citizens who depend on these resources have a voice in the process, and it is also critical that we do everything that we can to ensure they understand what we are planning to do and why.”

Implementation of the LCR MSCP is one of the nation’s largest federal/state conservation partnerships. Program elements include fish augmentation, species research, system monitoring, existing habitat protection, and creation of new habitat. The LCR MSCP commits $626 million in federal, state and local funding over the next 50 years to provide Endangered Species Act compliance and protect at least 26 wildlife species and their habitats along  400 miles of the Colorado River below Lake Mead, while providing for current and future needs of over 20 million water and power users in Arizona, California and Nevada.

Preregistration is not required. Questions about the event may be directed to the Game and Fish Yuma regional office at (928) 342-0091.

To learn more about the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s role in the LCR MSCP, visit www.azgfd.gov/lcrmscp.

For complete details about the LCR MSCP, visit www.lcrmscp.gov. To learn more about Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Regional Office, visit www.lc.usbr.gov.

2 Responses to “Yuma open house to provide details on the Lower Colorado River Multi-Species Conservation Program and backwater site selection”

  1. I am an eighty-one year old military vet, fly fisherman who uses catch and release only. I would appreciate info on your 2009 fishing license for visitors…the “special four month license with the trout fishing privileges at a bargain price.” I have residence for the winter at the Twin Knolls Mobile Home Villa, 44 S. Hawes Rd. B-10, in Mesa (85208).

    I would like to try my luck on the new 11 mile stretch just opened on the Salt River below the Saguaro Dam. May I have the cost and location of purchase for this special license. Tom Furlong

  2. Thomas;

    You’ll really enjoy fishing the Lower Salt, there is nothing else quite like it and it is just over the ridge from Mesa.

    You can get the four-month fishing license at any license dealer, which means just about all the sporting goods stores, or visit our office in Mesa. The price is $39.75 and that includes trout fishing privileges (no trout stamp needed).

    However, if you also like to fish the urban program lakes, there is an annual Super Conservation Fishing License that includes the urban fishing privileges for just $63 for nonresidents, which is one heck of a bargain for an annual fishing license. That means when you come back this coming fall, it will still be valid. You might even sneak in a summer trip to Lees Ferry for the cicada bite, which is a blast (the rainbows at the Ferry are currently spawning), or maybe Lake Powell for some of the best striper fishing on this planet.

    Don’t forget we also stock trout in both Canyon and Saguaro lakes, which are both close to your winter residence in Mesa. You might also want to give Oak Creek a try along the pink sandstone cliffs riming Oak Creek Canyon that draws visitors from around the world (but not necessarily to fish). We even have a catch-and-release only section in the upper portion of the canyon that has both brown and rainbow trout to test your angling skills.

    There is even some decent trout fishing in the Colorado River along the famous Casino Row in Laughlin. You can catch a trout, a show and a buffet all in one day if you like.

    Rory Aikens

    Fishing Report Editor

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