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Scope/Content: Abstract: FERC issued docket number p-2069: Pursuant to Rule 214 of the Rules of Practice and Procedure of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("Commission"), 18 C.F.R. §385.214, American Rivers Inc. ("American Rivers") hereby moves to intervene in the above-captioned proceeding.1 Movant reserves the right to supplement this Motion as appropriate. Additional comments will be filed based on subsequent studies and analysis proposed by Arizona Public Service Company ("APS") or any other participant in this proceeding. In this proceeding, the Commission will decide the fate of Fossil Creek. The return of full and natural flows to Fossil Creek will re-create a geologic marvel of travertine formations and improve conditions for recovery of native desert fishes and the entire riparian ecosystem. The surrender and removal of the Childs Irving Project, and restoration of full flows to Fossil Creek, as proposed by APS in its surrender application, represents a huge net societal benefit. As currently operated, the Childs Irving Project removes virtually all water from nearly 14 miles of stream channel, degrades a significant and rare desert riparian ecosystem, and prevents the establishment of a viable population of native desert fishes. In addition, the unique nature of the travertine formations in Fossil Creek makes it one of only a few such streams in the nation. The proposed restoration of Fossil Creek will result in spectacularly rare and beautiful recreation area, with geological significance, and enhancement of anadromous fish resources and creation of a healthy aquatic ecosystem.
Ecology and river restoration Legal and policy Dams Dam retirement
Fossil Creek, AZ Fossil Springs Diversion Dam United States