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2002 Press Releases

Water Department Operations Division

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 27, 2002

CONTACT: Tedi Jackson
(619) 527-3121 or
(619) 279-9304 (cell)

NATIONAL HUNTING AND FISHING DAY EVENT AT LAKE MURRAY

San Diego, CAÖThe City of San Diego Water Department will help sponsor a special event to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of National Hunting And Fishing Day (NHF Day), Saturday, September 28, 2002. The free event will run from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Lake Murray in La Mesa (from the I-8 take the 70th Street / Lake Murray exit and head to north to Kiowa Drive).

The Water Department will also waive fishing permit fees for this day at the lakes currently open for fishing which include: Barrett, El Capitan, Miramar, Murray (open for fishing on this one day only for the special celebration fair), Upper and Lower Otay, and Sutherland. Fishing license fees will also be waived by the California Department of Fish and Game.

"It will be a family-oriented day with fun and educational activities designed to introduce people, young and old, to outdoor sports while teaching them about the important role that hunting and fishing play in San Diegoís wildlife conservation programs. Itís a perfect opportunity to create a better public understanding of hunting and fishing and the important role that outdoorsmen and outdoorswomen have played in conservation and improving our natural resources," said Larry Gardner, Water Department Director.

Featured attractions include, a hunting dog retriever demonstration, sporting dog hunting, predator, turkey, duck and quail calling, fly-casting, Personal Floatation Device (PFD) Demo by the U.S. Coast Guard, knife sharpening, and decoy carving. More than 20 sportsmanís and conservation group will also participate. The event is also supported by Councilmember Jim Madafferís office.

NHF Day was established by congress in 1972, to recognize the vital role that hunters and anglers play in wildlife conservation. Through special license fees and excise taxes on their equipment, sportsmen and sportswomen contribute over $3 million each day -- some $2.3 billion to date -- to pay for land acquisition, habitat improvement and other wildlife programs.

At the national level, this yearís 30th Anniversary celebration will focus on the values and enjoyment associated with outdoor sports and encourage everyone who loves the outdoors to pass on the NHF Day message to friends, neighbors and family members. Millions of Americans will attend NHF Day programs sponsored in communities everywhere by local groups. For more information about the event planned please visit the City of San Diego Water Department website at www.sandiego.gov/water or call the Lakes Hotline number at (619) 465-3474 or the NHF website at www.nhfday.org