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Old 06-21-2016   #1
 
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Arkansas boater limits - Need comments TODAY (21st)

The Arkansas Headwaters Management Plan is up for revision. Some of the options would put in place limits on private boater usage that many of us think are too low. Rather than a long message here, check out the CWWA synopsis at:

Colorado Whitewater - Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area Management Plan Update Synopsis

Bottom line:

HERE IS WHERE YOU CAN COMMENT: https://www.research.net/r/AHRA_alternatives

OR EMAIL: [email protected]

If you do nothing else, copy this short message and email to the address above. Bean-counting makes a difference (e.g., ".. we got 100 emails for alt 2 and only 20 for alt 1").


To AHRA,

I am a user of the Arkansas River, and I support alternatives that facilitate continued use of the river by private boaters. I wish to express my support for the following alternatives:

Section 1D (Granite) - Alt 2
Sec. 1E (Numbers) - Alt 2
Sec. 1F (Fractions) - Alt 1
Sec. 5 (Royal Gorge) - Alt 2

Respectfully,
[your name]



Here are sections of most interest to non-beginner boaters:

5. Section 1D (Granite run, including Pine Creek rapid): In season private boat capacities would be reduced from 350bpd to 150 bpd in Alternative 1, and 250bpd in Alternative 2. Off season capacities would be reduced to 150bpd in Alternative 1 (down from 200bpd). Commercial capacities would remain unchanged at 30bpd. Season dates would remain unchanged in Alternative 1 (In season: May 15 Sept 7), and would be changed in Alternative 2 (In season: May 1 Sept 7) to accommodate commercial boating. The commercial launch window would remain unchanged: 8:30am to 11:00am. No new land acquisitions would be considered in Alternative 1. Alternative 2 would consider new land acquisitions (clear creek in particular), improve existing sites, and install a boat chute and fish ladder at the Granite Diversion Structure.

6. Section 1E (Numbers): In season private boat capacities would be reduced from 320bpd to 150 bpd in Alternative 1, and 250bpd in Alternative 2. Off season capacities would be reduced to 150bpd in Alternative 1 (down from 200bpd). Commercial capacities in season would remain unchanged at 90bpd. Season dates would remain unchanged in Alternative 1 (In season: May 15 Sept 7), and would be changed in Alternative 2 (In season: May 1 Sept 7) to accommodate commercial boating. In Alternative 1 the commercial launch window would be reduced: 8:30am to 1:00pm (currently 2:00pm), in Alternative 2 the commercial launch window would remain unchanged. Both alternatives would develop the Arkansas River Placer site (just upstream from #1) to include a campground, restroom/changing facilities, boat ramp and parking- this would be an AHRA fee site.

7. Section 1F (Fractions & Frog Rock runs): Private boat capacities would remain unchanged at 150bpd in season and 100bpd off season for both Alternatives 1 & 2. Season dates would remain unchanged in Alternative 1 (In season: May 15 Sept 7), and would be changed in Alternative 2 (In season: May 1 Sept 7) to accommodate commercial boating. Site improvement would be considered at Elephant Rock in Alternative 2, along with other minimal site improvements in both Alternatives 1 & 2.

16. Section 5 (Parkdale to Canyon City- Royal Gorge run). Private boater capacities and seasons would change as shown in the table below: see link above - private boaters do better with Alternative 2.

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Old 06-22-2016   #2
 
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Apparently people don't read the existing threads before creating a new one.....

https://www.mountainbuzz.com/forums/f...tml#post437324
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