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BLM to repair recreation site

Sun Advocate writer

A new water line is to be installed at the Price Canyon Recreation Site by the BLM. The site has been without water for nearly two years and while a newer water tank is in place the dilapidated water line has made water delivery impossible.

"We're having the Vernal crew put the new line in, so the site should have drinking water shortly," said Wayne Ladington, the assistant field manager at the BLM Utah Price field office.

Options for the line including it's possible repair were considered, but according to Ladington it was impractical because the repairs would be stronger than the line itself.

"The line was over 20 years old and we've been working through the process of replacing it for over two years now," said Ladington.

The access road to the campsite should not be effected during construction, but there will be some inconvenience for those who wish to use the site. And although the site will not be expanded, the BLM will re-institute hulling water to it.

On average Ladington said that water is hulled up just once a year despite the heavy usage of the site because the tank can hold a good amount of water.

"We'll just appreciate the public's understanding while construction is underway," said Landinton.

The BLM manages more land (256 million acres) than any other federal agency.

This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 western states, including Alaska. The bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.

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