Public Comment Period On Lime Creek Fish Barrier Special Use Permit Open

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Tonto National Forest officials are seeking public comment on the Creek Ranger District Lime Creek Fish Barrier special use permit draft Environmental Assessment (EA). The public comment period ends April 26.

It is has been proposed to issue a special use permit authorizing the Salt River Project (SRP) to construct and maintain a concrete fish barrier.

The proposed location of the barrier is two miles upstream of Horseshoe Reservoir in Lime Creek. Lime Creek is a small stream with perennial flow in the upper portions and intermittent flow in the lower reaches. A fish barrier would protect approximately four miles of native fish and frog habitat, including existing populations of longfin dace, Gila topminnow, and lowland leopard frogs, from upstream movement of predatory nonnative fish.

Submit comments to Todd Willard, Cave Creek Ranger District project leader, at 40202 N. Cave Creek Road, Scottsdale, AZ, 85262 by phone (480) 595-3300; by fax (480) 595-3346; or by e-mail to: comments-southwestern-tonto-cave-creek@fs.fed.us (please reference Lime Creek Fish Barrier EA in the subject line).

For more information, contact Willard at (480) 595-3300.

To be eligible for appeal, each individual or representative from each organization submitting comments must either sign the comments or verify identity upon request. Names and addresses of commentors will become part of the public record.

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