Draft Environmental Assessment for Public Comment

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issues draft environmental assessment for proposed restoration on the Moapa Valley NWR. Public comments period open from July 2 - July 31, 2020

 


Alamo, Nev. — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public comments on plans for restoring the Pedersen Stream channel on the Moapa Valley National Wildlife Refuge. A draft environmental assessment (EA) for the project is available online and at several locations in southern Nevada.  

The project will restore the connection between Moapa dace breeding habitat located in the Pedersen Stream springhead on the wildlife refuge, and downstream dace habitat in the Warm Springs Natural Area, which is owned by the Southern Nevada Water Authority. Restoring connectivity will enable the endangered fish to access breeding habitat. The work includes installation of a reinforced concrete box culvert under West Warm Springs Road, relocation of an existing U.S. Geological Survey stream gauge, and excavation of new stream channel to re-route a portion of the stream. Native vegetation will be restored to the construction areas after the project is completed.  

The draft EA is available for public comment and can be viewed and downloaded at Draft Environmental Assessment: MOAPA DACE DEFERRED MAINTENANCE PROJECT     

Hard copies of the environmental assessment are available for review at the following locations:  

    Moapa Valley Library, 350 N. Moapa Valley Blvd., Overton NV 89040  

    Moapa Post Office, 1800 E State Highway 168, Moapa, NV 89025

    Alamo Post Office, 40 N Purple Sage Ave., Alamo, NV 89001

 

The comment period begins on July 2, 2020, and ends on July 31, 2020. If no substantive comments are received, the EA will become final. Substantive comments will be addressed in the final documents. Written comments on the draft EA can be submitted by mail or via email to: 

Mailing Address:   

    Wildlife Refuge Manager
    Moapa Valley National Wildlife Refuge
    P.O. Box 510
    Alamo, NV, 89001  

    Attn: RESTORING CONNECTIVITY TO PEDERSON STREAM  

 Email: james_vinson@fws.gov