download (55)U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) will be in Bullhead City on Friday, April 3, 2015 to participate in a ceremony formally finalizing an agreement reached by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the Arizona Game and Fish Commission to restore rainbow trout stocking operations at Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery. Trout-stocking operations at Willow Beach were suspended last fall following a failure in the Hatchery’s water intake pipeline. When Senator McCain visited the Hatchery last summer, he was briefed on a variety of engineering plans to restore operations, including some options estimated to cost up to $9 million. Senator McCain worked with Arizona Game and Fish Department, Mohave County Board of Supervisors Chair Hildy Angius, Congressman Paul Gosar and other leaders to urge federal and state agencies to come to a reasonable solution to move the repairs forward. Under the agreement, a new water pump system will be installed to supply Colorado River water to the Hatchery’s stock ponds and trout will be trucked to Lake Mohave on a temporary basis until repairs are complete. The repairs are estimated to cost $776,000, which will be split between the federal and state agencies. The agreement will have a tremendous impact on communities along the Mohave County/Clark County stretch of the Lower Colorado River where trout fishing supports around 1,700 jobs and generates approximately $75 million in economic activity. Senator McCain and Mohave County Board of Supervisors Chair Hildy Angius wrote an op-ed on the agreement last month.

FRIDAY, APRIL 3, 2015 

BULLHEAD CITY, ARIZONA 

WHO:             Senator John McCain (R-AZ)

Hildy Angius, Chair, Mohave County Board of Supervisors

Robert Mansell, Chairman, Arizona Game and Fish Department

Kurt Davis, Vice Chair, Arizona Game and Fish Department

Larry Voyles, Director, Arizona Game and Fish Department

Dr. Benjamin Tuggle, Southwest Director, USFWS 

WHAT:          Tour and Media Availability at Bullhead City Community Park 

WHEN:          Friday, April 3, 20151:15 p.m. PST 

WHERE:       Bullhead City Community Park

1251 AZ-95

Bullhead City, AZ 86429

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