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Canyon commissioners threaten defiance over bird-protection rules on Lake Lowell

Canyon County commissioners now say they won't help enforce new on-water regulations that might be enacted by federal authorities on Lake Lowell at the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge and won't abide by federal rules until federal agencies prove the federal government has jurisdiction over the irrigation water that fills the lake. Click below for a full report from the Idaho Statesman and the Associated Press.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in March released a new draft plan for proposed changes at the refuge that includes significant alterations to a 2011 draft plan, as the agency attempts to balance its responsibility of managing a wildlife refuge with the recreational desires of local residents. The new plan eliminates many proposed no-wake zones by attempting to preserve bird populations by closing small portions of the lake where the birds gather for part of the year. Those closures would be based on identifying areas where eagle, osprey, heron and grebe gather.

The county posted on its website a petition that area residents can sign as the federal agency takes comments heading toward a final decision.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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