Once-popular swim hole still closed as agency mulls its fate

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LAS VEGAS (AP) - Four years after the U.S. Bureau of Land Management shut down the Ash Springs Recreation Site due to safety and environmental concerns, agency officials still haven't decided what to do with the once-popular swimming hole 100 miles (160 kilometers) north of Las Vegas.

The Review-Journal reports that public meetings have been held to brainstorm a plan for the site's future, but nobody has swam in the spring-fed swimming hole since July 2013.

Assistant Field Manager Shirley Johnson says the bureau is nearly finished with an environmental assessment draft for the site, but she declined to say when the document might be ready for public viewing.

Johnson says the agency's plan to build a new access road to the federally owned portion of the site has been complicated by private property.

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