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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 30, 2005

Contacts: Jim Francis 734-953-1539 or Mary Dettloff 517-335-3014					
Draft Clinton River Assessment Released for Public Review

A comprehensive report outlining the physical and biological characteristics and activities associated with the Clinton River watershed has been released in draft form by the Department of Natural Resources. The Clinton River Assessment is one in a series of river assessments being prepared by the DNR's Fisheries Division.

As part of the assessment process, the draft document is now available for public review and comment. To ensure that all those with interest have an opportunity to learn about the study and provide comment, two public meetings will be scheduled this fall within the watershed. Those meetings will be announced at a later date.

"Public review and comment are integral components of the river assessment process," said DNR Fisheries Management Biologist Jim Francis. "These public comments will be incorporated into the final document."

The draft Clinton River Assessment addresses geography, history, geology, soils and land use, dams and barriers, water quality, biological communities, fisheries management, recreational use and citizen involvement, as well as other aspects of the river watershed. Management options are identified, to provide a foundation for public discussion, priority setting, and to assist in ultimately planning the future of the Clinton River.

The Clinton River is located in southeast Michigan and drains an area of 760 square miles and is the most densely populated watershed in the state.

Citizens can review the assessment online by visiting the Fishing section of the DNR Web site at www.michigan.gov/dnr. There are also a limited number of hard copies available by contacting Jim Francis at 734-953-1539. The public comment period will remain open through November 30, 2005.

The DNR is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural resources for current and future generations.

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