Partnership among agencies celebrate successful Yuma Wetlands Pr - Tucson News Now

Partnership among agencies celebrate successful Yuma Wetlands Project

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Bureau of Reclamation and Central Arizona Project will join with other agencies to celebrate the successful Yuma East Wetlands Project on August 6.

The project will become 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 a.m. to 12 p.m. (PDT) followed by a lunch at the Hilton Garden Inn Yuma Pivot Point Conference Center.

Beginning in 2004, a partnership among the agencies and multiple federal and state agencies began work to restore wildlife habitat in the Yuma East Wetlands, a 350-acrea along the Colorado River near downtown Yuma, AZ.

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.

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.

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