News Alert!!: Topock, AZ: United States Fish and Wildlife Service proposing additional boating restrictions along Colorado River within Havasu National Wildlife Refuge.

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News Alert!!: Topock, AZ: United States Fish and Wildlife Service proposing additional boating restrictions along Colorado River within Havasu National Wildlife Refuge.

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing additional boating restrictions along the Colorado River within the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge, including the entire Topock Marsh area near Topock, Arizona.

According to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, due to an increase in safety concerns and the protection of wildlife habitat, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service is in the process of reassessing all boating recreation activities taking place at the Refuge.

A draft recreational boating compatibility determination for Havasu National Wildlife Refuge is now available for public review and comment.

ZachNews have received a 11 page draft documents regarding the proposal that was released from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.

** Draft Documents: **

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The Havasu National Wildlife Refuge, originally named the Havasu Lake National Wildlife Refuge, was established by Executive Order by United States of America President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1941 for the primary purpose of providing migratory bird habitat.

The Havasu National Wildlife Refuge is comprised of 37,515 acres along the lower Colorado river in Arizona and California.

The Havasu National Wildlife Refuge protects 30 river miles and encompasses 300 miles of shoreline from Needles, California, to Lake Havasu City, Arizona.

According to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, one of the last remaining natural stretches of the lower Colorado River flows through the 20 mile long the Topock Gorge.

Thousands of visitors annually flock to the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge to boat through the spectacular Topock Gorge, to fish in Topock Marsh, and to hike in the Havasu Wilderness Area.

Resorts such as the Topock 66 Spa and Resort in Topock, Arizona and Pirate Cove Resort and Marina in Needles, California relay on those thousands of visitors who travel far and wide to enjoy the beauty of the Colorado River and the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge.

ZachNews received this letter written by Larry Deatley, Colorado River Front Property Owners Association (C.R.F.P.O.A.) Board Member, regarding what effects this proposal will have to the area.

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Local residents and businesses concern over the proposed additional boating restrictions can attend 2 upcoming public meetings.

** Public meetings regarding this matter are going to be held at the following locations: **

– On Monday, May 2nd, 2016 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm PT at the Hampton Inn located at 245 London Bridge Road in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.

– On Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm PT and from 6:00pm to 8:00pm PT at the Avi Resort and Casino located at 10000 Aha Macav Parkway in Laughlin, Nevada.

** Written comments can be sent to the following address: **

United States Fish and Wildlife, Havasu National Wildlife Refuge
Attn: Draft Recreational Boating CD:
317 Mesquite Avenue
Needles, California, 92363

** Written email comments can be sent to the following address: **

Havasu_Boating_Comments@fws.gov

**** More information regarding the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge is at the following United States Fish and Wildlife Service website address: ****

http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Havasu/

** Stay tuned to ZachNews for more news updates with more information regarding this news story. **

 

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