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Old 11-17-2006   #1
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Possible Beach-Building Flows in GC Next Year

For those of you with a late Winter/early Spring Grand Canyon trip coming up, it looks like in December, the Glen Canyon Adaptive Management Work Group is going to consider a beach-building release for some time late this Winter. Could be big water for folks launching some time in March!!!


This PDF file also contains a photo presentation on the topic that will interest those with more scientific knowledge than I have.


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Old 11-26-2006   #2
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any info

does anyone have any more info on this?

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Old 11-26-2006   #3
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Well, if you are inclined to contact people and try to influence the process, the Adaptive Management Work Group Members include:

Secretary's Designee
Mark A. Limbaugh
Department of the Interior
1849 C Street N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20240
(202) 208-3186
E-mail: Mark_Limbaugh@ios.doi.gov

Alternate for Secretary's Designee
Rick Gold, Upper Colorado Regional Director
Bureau of Reclamation
125 South State Street
Salt Lake City, Utah 84138
(801) 524-3600
E-mail: rgold@uc.usbr.gov

Cooperating Agencies

Bureau of Reclamation
Darryl Beckmann, Deputy Regional Director
Upper Colorado Regional Office
125 South State Street
Salt Lake City, Utah 84138
(801) 524-3602 Fax: (801) 524-3855
E-mail: dbeckmann@uc.usbr.gov

US Fish and Wildlife Service
Sam Spiller, Lower Colorado River Coordinator
8102 N. 23rd Avenue, Suite C
Phoenix, AZ 85021
(602)841-5329 Fax: (602) 841-5405
E-mail: sam_spiller@fws.gov

Department of Energy
Bradley S. Warren, Manager CRSP Mgmt. Center
Western Area Power Administration
257 East 200 South, Suite #475
Salt Lake City, Utah 84147-0606
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 11606 (84111)
(801) 524-6372 Fax: (801) 524-5017
E-mail: warren@wapa.gov

Hopi Tribe
Leigh Kuwanwisiwma, Cultural Preservation Office Director
104 N. Maricopa Drive
Mailing Address: PO Box 123
Kykotsmovi, Arizona 86039
(92 734-3611 Fax: (92 734-3629
E-mail: lkuwanwisiwma@hopi.nsn.us

Bureau of Indian Affairs
Amy L. Heuslein
400 North 5th Street, 14th Floor
Mailing Address: PO Box 10
Phoenix, Arizona 85004
(602) 379-6750 Fax: (602) 379-3833
E-mail: inactive National Park Service

Joe Alston, Superintendent Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Canyon National Park
1 Village Loop
Mailing Address: PO Box 129
Grand Canyon, Arizona 86023
(92 638-7945 Fax: (92 638-7815
E-mail: joe_alston@nps.gov

Arizona Game and Fish Department
Bruce Taubert, Assistant Director
Wildlife Management
2221 West Greenway Road
Phoenix, Arizona 85023-4399
(602) 789-3301 fax: (602) 789-3363
E-mail: btaubert@azgfd.gov

Hualapai Tribe
Loretta Jackson-Kelly
878 West Route 66
Mailing Address: PO Box 310
Peach Springs, Arizona 86434
(92 769-2234 Fax: (92 769-2235
E-mail: lorjac@frontiernet.net

Navajo Nation
Steven M. Begay, Assistant Department Manager, Historic Preservation Department
PO Box 4950
Window Rock, Arizona 86515
(92 871-6438
E-mail: navajodeputy@yahoo.com

Southern Paiute Consortium
Brenda Drye
Tribal Affairs Building
250 North Pipe Springs Road
Fredonia, Arizona 86002-9600
(92 643-7245 Fax: (92 643-7260
E-mail: kptspai@scinternet.net

San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe
No specific representation
PO Box 2656
Grayhill Office Bldg, Dorm 1, 2nd Floor, Rm 134
145 Knights Drive
Mailing Address: PO Box 2656
Tuba City, Arizona 86045
(92 283-4587 Fax: (92 283-5761
E-mail: none

Pueblo of Zuni
Carleton Albert, Sr.
PO Box 339 or 1203-B State Highway 53
Zuni, New Mexico 87327-0339
(505) 782-7021 Fax: (505) 782-7202
E-mail: calber@ashiwi.org

Environmental Groups
Grand Canyon Wildlands Council
Max Oelschlaeger
7 Teypana Drive
Tijeras, NM 87059
(505) 281-0841
E-mail: oelsch@prodigy.net

Grand Canyon Trust
Nikolai Ramsey, President Grand Canyon Trust
2601 North Fort Valley Road
Flagstaff, Arizona 86001
(92 774-7488 Fax: (92 774-7570
E-mail: ramsey@grandcanyontrust.org

Recreation Interests

Grand Canyon River Guides
Andre Potochnik, Vice President
515 West Birch Avenue
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1934
Flagstaff, Arizona 86002-1934
(92 773-1075 Fax: (92 773-8523
E-mail: arp4@mail.infomagic.net

Federation of Flyfishers
Northern Arizona Flycasters
Mark Steffen
11475 Homestead Lane
Flagstaff, Arizona 86004
Tel: (92 522-0617
E-mail: steffenflyrod@lycos.com

Seven Basin States

William E. Werner
Arizona Department of Water Resources
Office of Colorado River Management
3550 North Central Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85012
(602) 771-8412 Fax: (602) 771-8680
E-mail: bwerner@azwater.gov

Gerald R. Zimmerman, Executive Director
Colorado River Board of California
770 Fairmont Avenue, Suite 100
Glendale, CA 91203-1035
(81 543-4676 Fax: (81 543-4685
E-mail: gzimmerman@crb.ca.gov

Rod Kuharich, Director Colorado Water Conservation Board
1313 Sherman Street, Room 718
Denver, Colorado 80203-2279
(303) 866-2562 Fax: (303) 866-4474
E-mail: rod.kuharich@state.co.us

Phillip S. Lehr
Colorado River Commission of Nevada
555 East Washington Avenue, Suite 3100
Las Vegas, Nevada 89101-1048
(702) 486-2670 Fax: (702) 486-2695
E-mail: plehr@crc.nv.gov

New Mexico
Jay Groseclose
New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission
Bataan Memorial Building, Room 101
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 25102
Sante Fe, New Mexico 87504-5102
(505) 827-6165 Fax: (505) 827-6188 / 3806
E-mail: j.groseclose@state.nm.us

John W. Shields, State Engineer
Herschler Building, 4-E
Cheyenne, Wyoming 82002
(307) 777-6151 Fax: (307) 777-5451
E-mail: jshiel@seo.wyo.gov

Dennis Strong
Division of Water Resources
1594 West North Temple, Suite 310
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-6201
(801) 538-7230 Fax: (801) 538-7279
E-mail: dennisstrong@utah.gov

Federal Power Purchase Contractors
Colorado River Energy Distributors Association (CREDA)
Leslie James, Executive Director
4625 West Wendler Drive, Suite 111
Tempe, Arizona 85282
(602) 748-1344 Fax: (602) 748-1345
E-mail: creda@qwest.net

Utah Associated Municipal Power
Ted Rampton
2825 East Cottonwood Parkway, Suite 200
Salt Lake City, Utah 84121
(801) 566-3938 Fax: (801) 561-2687
E-mail: ted@uamps.com


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Old 12-08-2006   #4
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Rich, as I understand, they were supposed to have more discussion this week. Any updates?

Also, any idea what the flow might be if they decide to do it? What was it last time they performed the habitat restoration?
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Old 12-08-2006   #5
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I don't have a direct pipeline to anyone who was actually at the meeting. But another board where I lurk contained this commentary:


The actual flood motion presented to the AMWG by the US Bureau of Reclamation (USBR)was this:

AMWG recommends to the Secretary of the Interior to charge the TWG to work with GCMRC to develop a science plan for a BHBF that addresses the concerns raised at the AMWG meeting, and Amwg further charges the TWG to work with GCMRC to review the draft science plan and make a recommendation to AMWG for a January conference call.

This motion failed to pass.
Voting no was: Nevada, UAMPS, FFF(Me), Utah, WAPA, Ca, Navajo, New Mexico, Hualapai, Creda, Colorado.
Voting yes was: Grand Canyon Wildlands Council, Grand Canyon River guides, USFWS, AZGF, Arizona, NPS, USBR.
Abstained: Grand Canyon Trust and Paiute
11 No
7 Yes

The Last four words about an AMWG January conference call were dropped from the motion and then it passed unanimously except the Grand Canyon Trust still abstained.

This motion seems to need at least one or two twg meetings and one Amwg meeting. So it is still possible that a flood could occur in March 2007, but it does not seem likely.


I can't personally vouch for the accuracy of that, but I've read other accounts along the same lines. One of those other posts said the high flows likely now could not take place until April. I'm on a trip that launches April 30th, so who knows what we might see.....

I don't have any idea what volumes they are talking about at this point. Sorry.

Best to you.

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Thanks Rich.....well, I was trying not to get my hopes up.....I'm on a trip that launches in March. I'll keep my fingers crossed, but it doesn't sound promising.

I always appreciate any GC info you post. thanks!

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