Center for Biological Diversity: Endangered Earth - Online # 211

11/3/1999 675

YAVAPAI-APACHE TRIBE CALLS FOR RESTORATION FREE FLOWING FOSSIL CREEK

In a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the Yavapai-Apache Tribe has asked to be granted officiaL intervenor status in the Arizona Public Service Company's application to relicense its diversion dams and power plants on Fossil Creek. The Center for Biological Diversity and other environmental groups were accepted as intervenors in the past.

The Yavapai-Apache informed FERC that Fossil Creek is not only an integral part of their ancestral home lands, but that this importance continues to this day. FERC is the federal agency responsible for allowing Arizona Public Service to divert the entire flow of Fossil Creek. The Tribe, joining the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the U.S. Forest Service, the Center, and other environmental groups , called for the return of full flows to Fossil Creek.

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