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CPW press release
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials are seeking input for fishery management plans for Juniata and Purdy Mesa reservoirs at a public meeting to be held Wednesday, July 25. Both lakes are a source of drinking water for Grand Junction and are popular fisheries with anglers in the area.

The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Regional Office, 711 Independent Avenue in Grand Junction. All members of the public are invited to attend.

In spring of 2011, Colorado Parks and Wildlife installed a fish screen below the outlet of Purdy Mesa Reservoir to prevent non-native warmwater fish from escaping into the Gunnison River, giving biologists more options for responsible fish management.

"Our agency has responded to local anglers who would like to see an increase in warmwater fishing opportunity in this area and this meeting will address the options and opportunities for fishery management," said Lori Martin, aquatic biologist. "We need to do this in a way that complements our efforts to appropriately manage both our sport and native fish."

The plans will be posted on Colorado Parks and Wildlife's website when completed to provide additional opportunity for written input.

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WHAT: Public meeting to discuss fishery management plans

WHEN: Wednesday, July 25, 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Colorado Parks and Wildlife NW Regional Office, 711 Independent Avenue. Grand Junction

Colorado Parks and Wildlife was created by the merger of Colorado State Parks and the Colorado Division of Wildlife, two nationally recognized leaders in conservation, outdoor recreation and wildlife management. Colorado Parks and Wildlife manages 42 state parks, all of Colorado's wildlife, more than 300 state wildlife areas and a host of recreational programs.

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