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DFG HOLDS FIRST PUBLIC MEETINGS ON PINE FLAT PROPOSAL

 DFG HOLDS FIRST PUBLIC MEETINGS ON PINE FLAT PROPOSAL
 SACRAMENTO, Calif., July 31 /PRNewswire/ -- The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) today announced that a thorough review process will be completed before a decision is made whether to chemically treat Pine Flat Reservoir in Fresno County. The DFG is considering a proposal to treat the reservoir with the chemical rotenone to kill the white bass population there.
 The department's decision means treatment of the lake will not occur this fall as might have transpired under one of the timetables being considered.
 White bass are non-native fish that could prey voraciously on the endangered juvenile winter run Chinook salmon if the bass become established in the Sacramento/San Joaquin river systems.
 DFG Director Boyd Gibbons said today that the review process will extend until next year the decision on whether or not to proceed with the project.
 Commented Gibbons: "We want to emphasize that no decision will be made nor any action taken until a full review of the project and its effects is completed. That includes a comprehensive Environmental Impact Report, extensive public comment, examining the cumulative environmental and economic effects of the proposal, and a thorough analysis of the best methods to restore the fish population, should the lake be treated.
 "We want to make absolutely sure that everyone interested in this issue has a say. We intend to fulfill all local and state environmental, fiscal, and public scoping requirements."
 DFG will hold its first meetings to receive testimony from the public on this project Friday, July 31, at 7 p.m. in the Sanger City Council Chamber in Sanger, and on Saturday, Aug. 1, at 10 a.m. at California State University, Fresno.
 Additional DFG public meetings will be announced.
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 /CONTACT: Mary Gale, 916-653-6420; or George Nokes, 209-222-3761, both of the California Department of Fish and Game/ CO: California Department of Fish and Game ST: California IN: SU:


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