Here, finally, is some authorized press as to what was being discussed.
It seems they still have not had all the players at the meetings. The Army Corp was not present. Nonetheless, as the article reveals, they may begin work soon. A temporary coffer dam box could divert water away so they can get under the rock to, hopefully, make recovery of Kim. Upon recovery, the dammed water release might possibly be injected with rocks to force-feed material into the cave and successfully fill it. Other options are also being discussed. Including doing nothing to change the rapid. I think access is still going to be their challenge.
Other than the above news, our contribution about signage was somewhat limited. We were only allowed a phone interview and I forwarded a link of Phil's thread about the Gauley signage. Their considerations are to: 1) improve discription and awareness at all existing signage upstream, 2) add specific diagram signage at Railroad Bridge and Numbers put-ins, and 3) improve signage at and upstream of the rapid with larger signs on both sides of the rapid. The latter signage will also emphasize the portage route on the left.
I was assured that the Commercial Outfitters (all but one anyway) have already been self-requiring their guests be let out above to portage around the rapid while the guides only are allowed to R-2 the rafts through the left side. And, that most of the comapnies have a policy of employment termination if ever witnessed running the right side. So, the major issue is warning the private boaters. Which, hopefully, better signage will accomplish.
I just want to add, that with low water now it is much more easy to see that these kinds of hazards are in rivers all over. On my recent Ark outtings I have seen numerous. I was also on the front-range this weekend and noticed some on Clear Creek. The reality is that with higher water most people don't realize what lurks below the surface. These dangers are why I've always felt safer in a kayak than a raft. At least in a kayak we are kept basically near the surface. Whereas, rafters often are tossed and dive in deeper. Fortunately, unless a person risks getting flushed deep, often the danger may turn out to be only a near miss. However, I think it is unfortunate how little most people are aware of what lurks below the surface. More education, awareness, and preparedness should be the responsibility of anyone considering approaching rivers. These are not rides at Eliches or Disneyland.
Oh, another sign issue that I was asked to check on was regarding a portage at Silver Bullet (the old brokendown damn below the Buena Vista ball fields. AHRA already installed a sign (small) on the right identifying the portage trail. However, when I soloed through there a week ago I'd say the sign, and possibly the trail, is likely in the water at highwater. There is only a small easement that AHRA have purchased. So, I will voice some more concern to them.
All in all, ... lets hope Kim is recovered very soon, keep her family in our prayers, and expect that the unfortunate incident is creating some satisfactory improvements towards everyone's awareness and preparedness for this rapid and the sport in general. Each of us need to demonstrate responsibility for our activities.