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Rose Davis, 702-293-8421, jdavis@usbr.gov
Crystal Thompson, 602-321-9349, cthompson@cap-az.com

YUMA, Ariz -- On Tuesday, August 6th, 2013, the Bureau of Reclamation and Central Arizona Project will join with other agencies to celebrate the successful Yuma East Wetlands Project as it becomes part of the Lower Colorado River Multi-Species Conservation Program (LCR MSCP). In 2013, LCR MSCP entered into a new partnership with the Quechan Indian Tribe, the City of Yuma, the Arizona Game and Fish Commission, and the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area to support managing the Yuma East Wetlands in the future.  

This new collaboration will be highlighted in a gathering of federal, state and local partners at 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (PDT) followed by a lunch at the Hilton Garden Inn Yuma Pivot Point Conference Center, 310 N. Madison Avenue, located near the Yuma East Wetlands.

Beginning in 2004, a partnership among the Quechan Indian Tribe, the City of Yuma, the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area, the Arizona Game and Fish Commission, and multiple federal and state agencies began work to restore wildlife habitat in the Yuma East Wetlands, a 350-acre area along the Colorado River near downtown Yuma, Arizona. Supported by grants from the Arizona Water Protection Fund and the Bureau of Reclamation, crews cleared invasive salt cedar stands, excavated backwater channels and shallow marshes, and planted native riparian and marsh vegetation.

Today the Yuma East Wetlands provide a glimpse of the native habitat that existed along the Lower Colorado River a century or more ago. Visitors can enjoy canoeing, bird watching, fishing and hiking year-round at this model restoration project.

The LCR MSCP is a 50-year partnership with 58 federal, state, tribal and local partners created to balance the use of the Colorado River water resources with the conservation of native species and their habitats. The Program, implemented by Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Region, extends over 400 miles of the lower Colorado River from Lake Mead to the southernmost border with Mexico, and includes lakes Mead, Mohave, and Havasu, as well as the historic 100-year floodplain along the main stem of the lower Colorado River.