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The East Verde River is popular with fishermen and campers in the Rim Country. The Salt River Project is releasing 12,000 gallons a minute into the river from the Blue Ridge Reservoir.

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Blue Ridge overhaul cost tops $13 million

Pipeline releasing 12,000 gallons per minute into East Verde

The Salt River Project has finally completed a $13.3 million overhaul of the existing stretch of the Blue Ridge pipeline and started drawing from a 15,000-acre-foot, filled-to-the-brim reservoir. SRP has been releasing 12,000 gallons per minute into the East Verde River since April and will continue releases until snow once again blocks access to the pipeline and its pumping stations atop the Rim. Payson contributed nearly one-third to the cost of fixing leaks in the 33-inch pipe, plus the overhaul of a pumping station and a hydro-electric generator.

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