Originally Posted by mikesee
So either you're:
-Being deliberately obtuse,
-Can't think of any real impacts, or
-Forgot what the question was.
Why are you badgering me about the impact of a boat floating down the river? Perhaps you would like to argue that there is no impact. Than go right ahead. Stop asking me to explain this to you. I have already said several times that a single boat has very little impact.
Can a boat float down the river with no noticeable impact? Yes, but who cares? That doesn't have anything do do with anything. We are talking about people here and people make impacts on their surroundings.
Or maybe this will satisfy you: The riparian zone is a very important area for many species of vertebrates. Studies have measured drastic changes in heart rate and other measures of stress in wildlife when humans are nearby. Particularly, river runners can stress bighorn sheep that depend on desert river canyons.
But once again, what does this have to do with anything? I feel drug into this. I don't give a damn about a boat floating down the river. Let's just be respectful and not advocate poaching Westwater on a public forum. Especially after a BLM employee has stuck her neck out to protect our ability to run this canyon.