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November 15, 2007
Rob Holland, USACE (404) 562-5011
Tom Mackenzie, USFWS (404) 679-7291

Army Corps of Engineers Updates Drought Situation as U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Releases Biological Opinion of Proposed Water Management Changes to Interim Operating Plan

WHO:Dirk Kempthorne, Secretary of the Interior (via phone)
Jim Connaughton, Chairman, Council on Environmental Quality (via phone)
Brig. Gen. Joseph Schroedel, South Atlantic Division Commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Sam D. Hamilton, Southeast Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
WHAT:The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will provide an update of current drought conditions and discuss its amended Biological Assessment. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will provide its amended Biological Opinion of the proposed changes to the Interim Operating Plan and other issues.
WHERE:U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
1875 Century Boulevard - 2nd Floor
Atlanta, GA 30345

Note: News media outside the Atlanta area can participate in the press conference by telephone. Dial (800) 779-0641. The password is: water. To cue up for questions, press *1. To withdraw your question, press *2. Media attending in Atlanta should check in at the second floor elevators. A multbox will be used. Reserved parking will be in the back of the building.

November 16, 2007
1:00 p.m. Eastern

The Biological Opinion and related materials will be posted at 11:30 a.m. Friday, November 15, at http://www.fws.gov/southeast and http://www.sam.usace.army.mil. Go to the ACF Basin/The Facts and Status.

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