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Miner Flat Dam project to provide water for White Mountain Apache communities

Coverage of tribal natural resources is supported in part by Catena Foundation

The White Mountain Apache Tribe has been working with the Bureau of Reclamation on a dam project for years, and now the project is one step closer to completion.

The Bureau recently opened an environmental impact statement on the Miner Flat Dam to public comments.

Although many of the reservation’s communities are located near the White River, the tribe gets its water from wells.

The Miner Flat Dam project could potentially provide water to tribal communities from the Fort Apache area to Cibecue.

It could also divert water for agriculture. The reservation is located about 180 miles east of Phoenix.

The public can submit comments by Sept. 12 at wmat-rws-eis.com/comment.aspx.

Ron Dungan has lived in Arizona for more than 35 years. He has worked as a reporter, construction worker, copy editor, designer and freelance writer. He's a graduate of the University of Iowa, where he was a member of the undergraduate Writers’ Workshop, and has a master’s in history from Arizona State University.Dungan was an outdoors reporter and member of the storyteller team at the Arizona Republic, where he won several awards, and was a contributor on a border project that won the 2018 Pulitzer for explanatory reporting.When not working, Dungan enjoys books, gardening, hanging out with his German shorthaired pointer, backpacking and fly-fishing. He's a fan of the Arizona Cardinals and Iowa Hawkeyes.