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SRP to round up fish, drain and repair damage to irrigation canals

Salt River Project will begin its annual cleanup and repair of its canals Friday.

The work means that access to some areas may be closed, including Arizona Falls on Indian School Road.

Over time, the canals can fill vegetation and other debris, such as shopping carts, tables and chairs, even cars.

SRP stocks them with white amur, otherwise known as grass carp, to clean out the weeds. But the rest must be removed.

So every year, SRP rounds up the fish and drains some of the canals for cleanup and maintenance.

This year, the work will include repairing monsoon damage. The project should be complete by early February.

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.