GCPBA RiverNews - Canyon Beaches Continue to Erode - Call For Action
Historical photographs of Grand Canyon beaches along the Colorado River uniformly show a reduction in beach size in the Grand Canyon. Numerous formerly camp-able beaches have disappeared completely and many others have decreased in size, and continue to do so due to the management techniques employed by the operators of upstream Glen Canyon Dam for the purpose of maximizing power output and delivering silt reduced water to downstream Lake Mead.
Currently little regard is paid dam operations to the environmental needs necessary to sustain a healthy river corridor eco-system or to the needs of recreational users. Recreational users, river runners and hiker/backpackers count on having beaches as an important part of the wilderness experience offered by the Grand Canyon. Nor does the current dam operation live up to the spirit the Organic Act which charges the National Park Service to "protect and preserve for the future enjoyment" our national natural treasures like the Grand Canyon National park.
Canyon lovers are being offered the opportunity to have a voice in dam operations as the National Park Service and the Bureau of Reclamation jointly work to develop a new plan for operating Glen Canyon Dam.
River runners and hikers need to be heard from if we wish our desires to be considered in this process. Speaking out can be very effective, witness the 2006 CRMP process, which, after considerable public participation resulted in a much improved recreational management plan for river runners.
GCPBA is asking you to take just a few minutes to make comments to the LTEMP (Long Term Experimental Management Plan).
If you agree recreational use is important, and if you think the canyon environment should be protected and preserved for the future use and enjoyment of all those who follow us into canyon adventure and if you think maintaining a healthy river corridor - your comments need to be heard.
This is a very simple process that can be accomplished via e-mail, this link will take you directly to the comment form for submissions:
National Park Service - PEPC - Notice of Intent To Prepare a Draft EIS -Submit Comments
The Grand Canyon Private Boaters Association, Grand Canyon River Guides, Grand Canyon River Runners Association, Grand Canyon Outfitters Association and American Whitewater have prepared and submitted joint comments. The following link (copy and paste into your bowser) will take you to a copy of those comments which you might wish to review to help with making your comments.
Joint Comment Link:
We've included links to other documents you might find helpful in making your comments:
Sierra Club "Talking Points"
GCPBA "Talking Points:"
GCPBA LTEMP Comments:
GCRG LTEMP Comments:
Please, take a few minutes to file your comments, last day to file is tomorrow, January 31, 2012. It will make a difference.
For GCPBA: Richard "Ricardo" Martin
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