A quick, update. I'm trying to keep things brief...if you want more information, please send me an email.
When you see these comments in the meeting notes, please remember you are seeing discussion on a topic. It doesn't mean it will be policy. Each member of the CTF gets to add their thoughts to the discussion and a redlined copy of the current Management Plan. If it is supported by other members of the CTF, their names get added. If not, that rep gets to stand alone. After we finish this, AHRA will review these comments and take our recommendations under consideration when they write the new Management Plan. Then, there will be a period for public comment.
There is a list of other groups around the state that should have input into the CTF nomination process. I would suggest those groups that are interested speak up so we know you are interested. Send an email to me (or Mark) or AHRA so we can say, "Yep, I've gotten input from them."
Some clarification on Section 1. It was requested by the fishermen that boating be eliminated above Kobe. We are looking at flows to determine a boating season (when fishermen wouldn't be there anyhow) and look into it more. Note: The request can be made but AHRA gets the final call. Doesn't mean it will be policy...see above.
Nothing changed in Numbers all the way to Section 3. No increase or decrease in bpd (boats per day) on Numbers or Browns. The counts for the last few years have been lower than the threshold. There was a comment from the environmental rep about lowering the counts on the higher runs where privates have 350 bpd. We aren't anywhere near that number but I'm not supporting anything that cuts back on our bpd on any part of the river unless other private boaters tell me otherwise.
Section 3. Many options came up....one thing was to encourage river use within the towns that have play parks, etc. Section 3 could be divided into 3 parts (3a to Salida East, 3b to Rincon, 3c to V Bridge). Section 3a could then be attached to the play park (open access zone) and that, for the most part, would eliminate the whole permitting debacle. Each segment would have the same bpd. That season could possibly extend to August 15. (Each of these is a piece that could or could not happen.) Private boaters have made this request without the official support of the other reps...but all were very favorable.
When we get to the section on permitting, I'm sure we will be making the request to eliminate that process.
ACTION: My question to you....what do you think about increasing commercial bpd in the Royal Gorge? Any input...I'll try to check here, but please send me an email...or use the AHRA comment form.
Regarding the Voluntary Flow Program, if you have questions or comments about the flows, please let AHRA know via their Comment Form. People post here but unless they let AHRA know directly, it isn't on record. Currently, AHRA and AROA feel they represent the private boating interest in those discussions. If you feel that isn't the case, they need to hear from you directly.
Cristo...haven't heard anything lately about that one...
If you want minutes/summaries from the CTF meetings when the come out via email, let me know. I have exactly ONE person (yes, that's you Logan) on my list. Otherwise, I'll do my best to post here when I can (Mark, too, I'm sure)
Leslie, CTF Private Boater Rep AHRA, email@example.com