Center for Biological Diversity: Endangered Earth - Online # 216

12/7/1999 693

ARIZONA REPUBLIC: THANK YOU FOR DEAL TO DECOMMISSION HYDRO-ELECTRIC PLANTS ON FOSSIL CREEK

"It's a welcome and sensible shift in priorities. Arizona owes all parties to the agreement an enthusiastic thank you." With these words, the Arizona Republic supported a recent settlement negotiation to remove two hydro-electric plants and water diversions from Fossil Creek in central Arizona. According to the settlement recently signed by the Center, Arizona Public Service, and other environmental groups, the plants will be decommissioned and full flows will be restored to the river by 20005.

Fossil Creek which stems from a spring with a constant flow of 43 cubic feet per second is one the best potential native fish restoration areas in the Southwest. It has been diverted and abused for 90 years by an antiquated and redundant system of canals and power plants. The tiny proportion of Arizona's power that it supplies pales in comparison to the river's value to wildlife and recreation.

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