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CH2M HILL Commends the City of Phoenix, US Army Corps of Engineers for Completing the Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Project

CH2M HILL Commends the City of Phoenix, US Army Corps of Engineers for Completing the Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Project

DENVER, 02 November, 2005 — CH2M HILL salutes the City of Phoenix and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) for their critical part in the success of the $100,000,000 Rio Salado Environmental Habitat Restoration Project.

The project, nearly 40 years in the making, restores nearly five miles of native wetlands and riparian habitats located in the City of Phoenix between 19th Avenue and 24th Street.

In partnership with the City of Phoenix and USACE, CH2M HILL along with several local design and planning firms, was contracted in October 2001 to produce the overall project plan and construction documents for the project. The team developed a five-phase design and construction approach to achieve schedule and budget objectives. The team also overcame several obstacles by developing specialized techniques to protect structural facilities, producing plant pits to protect vegetation and identifying appropriate irrigation techniques.

"Our close partnership with the City of Phoenix and the USACE was instrumental in the success of the Rio Salado project," said CH2M HILL Water Business Group President Tom Searle. "Everyone involved should take pride in their achievements and contributions to this community asset. As the project opens its doors to the citizens of Phoenix, the innovations and accomplishments of everyone involved become even more real. It is an honor for CH2M HILL to be part of such a milestone for the City of Phoenix."

The project uses recycled concrete rubble, river rock, and other debris as site furnishings to help illustrate the Rio Salado's history. In addition to the project's wetlands and natural habitats, a special center is planned on- site to educate visitors on the Sonoran desert. The land also will include several gathering areas for community events and 10 miles of trails and open space for hiking, biking, and equestrian activities.

A public grand opening for the project is scheduled to take place on Saturday, November 5 at 9:00 a.m. on Central Avenue at the Salt River. A nature festival will follow from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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