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March 27, 2015
Contact: Steve Pozzanghera, 509-892-7852

Tucannon floodplain management, recreation
to be discussed at public open houses
April 7 in Richland and Dayton

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will conduct public open houses in Richland and Dayton on Tuesday, April 7, to discuss floodplain management and recreational improvements being considered for the Tucannon lakes within the W.T. Wooten Wildlife Area in Columbia County.

The Richland open house is 4 – 6 p.m. at the Richland Public Library, Gallery Conference Room, 955 Northgate Drive, in Richland.

The Dayton open house is 7 - 9 p.m. at the Best Western Plus Dayton Hotel and Suites, 507 E. Main Street, in Dayton.

WDFW Eastern Regional Director Steve Pozzanghera explains that several actions are identified in the 2014 W.T. Wooten Floodplain Management Plan that will improve fish habitat, fishing opportunities, public facilities, and wildlife area infrastructure associated with the man-made lakes off the Tucannon River. WDFW is seeking funding to fully implement the project over the next eight years.

WDFW staff will present plan details and answer questions at the public open houses. Participants will also learn how to stay involved in the plan process as it moves into feasibility analysis and design stages.

The floodplain plan is available on-line at http://wdfw.wa.gov/publications/01678/. More information on the W.T. Wooten Wildlife Area is at http://wdfw.wa.gov/lands/wildlife_areas/wt_wooten/.