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Cibola NWR Hosts Multi-Agency Partnership to Improve Three Fingers Lake
Southwest Region, July 1, 2007
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floating aerator on Three Tingers Lake
floating aerator on Three Tingers Lake - Photo Credit: n/a

Cibola National Wildlife Refuge hosted a meeting with Arizona Fisheries Resource Office (AZFRO), U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR), and California Fish and Game Commission (CFGC) to discuss what options are available for Three Fingers Lake as a fishery.   Three Fingers Lake is a natural backwater that was isolated from the Colorado River by previous attempts to improve the lake as a fishery but was unsuccessful.  The lake poses potential for being a native fish sanctuary or a sport fishery.  A thorough overview of the lake was articulated at the meeting before all options for this lake were discussed.

Ideas or “options” gathered from the meeting included closing the lake to the public for a native fish sanctuary, opening the levee from the river to allow freshwater flow and dividing the “lake use” to allow the public to use half as a sport fishery and the other half for the native fish sanctuary, and opening the lake to the river which would allow a portion of this resource pubic access as a sport fishery and closing a portion of the “fingers” to the general public for native fish sanctuaries. 

Another meeting will reconvene in the fall after more water quality analysis is completed to determine if problems with this issue will pose a concern for the ideas suggested. 

Contact Info: Martin Valdez, 505-248-6599, martin_valdez@fws.gov
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