Friday, SRP started a major project, herding net fulls of fish into the canal for annual maintenance.
Crews loaded up net after net of white amur fish as SRP conducted their canal dry-up.
During the dry-up, a number of SRP customers won't be able to get water from the canal beginning from 7th Street and Northern Avenue, moving into Scottsdale, north Tempe, Glendale and Paradise Valley.
The white amur fish is valuable here in the valley because they're used to control aquatic vegetation in the canals.
"This is the first of our 7-year plan. The 7-year plan in 7 years, the full 131 miles of canal system will go dry at some point, and this is a way to make sure that we are able to deliver reliable water to our users," says Justin Schonhoff, SRP Biochemical Supervisor.
The 2-week maintenance culminates in SRP and Scottsdale Public Art teaming up for a white amur fish roundup along the Scottsdale Waterfront.
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