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Old 01-25-2012   #1
 
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GCPBA RiverNews - Glen Canyon Dam Management Comment Period to Close

GCPBA urges ALL of you to send in some comments, no matter how short! At the bottom of this post are some comment ideas.

Let us put it bluntly:

IF WE FAIL TO SEND IN AN AVALANCHE OF COMMENTS, THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR WILL ASSUME THAT THE ONLY PEOPLE WHO CARE ABOUT THIS STUFF IS THE BASIN STATES AND POWER INTERESTS. THAT IS NOT THE MESSAGE WE WANT TO SEND.

THEREFORE, THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR NEEDS TO HEAR LOUD AND CLEAR THAT THE PUBLIC CARES DEEPLY ABOUT PROTECTING AND IMPROVING ALL THE RESOURCES DOWNSTREAM OF GLEN CANYON DAM, TO MEET THE MANDATES OF THE GRAND CANYON PROTECTION ACT.

LTEMP EIS Public Scoping Period to Close January 31, 2012
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The public scoping period for the Glen Canyon Dam Long-Term Experimental and Management Plan (LTEMP) Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will be closing on Tuesday, January 31, 2012. Please submit comments or suggestions on the scope of the LTEMP EIS by January 31st. Comments received or postmarked after January 31, 2012 will be incorporated in the EIS to the extent practicable.

The preferred method for submission of comments is using the online comment form available from:
LTEMP EIS Public Comment Form Introduction

Written comments or suggestions on the scope of the EIS can be mailed to:

Glen Canyon Dam LTEMP EIS Scoping
Argonne National Laboratory
9700 S. Cass Ave. – EVS/240
Argonne, IL 60439



For More Information
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To learn more about how you can participate in the EIS process, visit the "Getting Involved" page of the LTEMP EIS Web Site
(Getting Involved in the Glen Canyon Dam Long-Term Experimental and Management Plan EIS).

If you have questions or need more information, contact the LTEMP EIS Webmaster at [email protected]

Comment ideas:

Here are a few for you. The following points should be considered in the LTEMP EIS (in no particular order):

1. Define & ensure a substantial role for the Grand Canyon Monitoring & Research Center (GCRMC) within the LTEMP EIS process.

2. Maintain or improve the quality of recreational experiences for users of the Colorado River.

3. Focus on protecting, preserving, and improving all of the downstream resources, such as camping beaches, cultural sites, and flora & fauna.

4. The high flow protocol should be a well defined key component of LTEMP alternatives.

5. Design intervening flows (between high flows) that maximize sediment retention on beaches and backwater areas for the benefit of campers and native biota.

6. LTEMP alternatives must be scientifically defensible and credible with well defined hypotheses, building on what we have learned from GCRMC and LTEMP implementation.

7. The LTEMP must be based on an adaptive ecosystem management approach.

8. Include an alternative to test seasonally adjusted steady flows that includes sediment triggered beach and habitat building flows based on the closest approximation of the pre-dam hydrograph.

9. Consider minimum flows no less than the long-term base flow of the Colorado River.

10..Test the "best case scenario" presented in the article, "Is There Enough Sand, Evaluating the Fate of Grand Canyon Sandbars" as proposed by USGS scientists. Particularly in regard to rebuilding and maintaining sandbars.

(http://www.usbr.gov/uc/rm/amp/twg/mt...Attach_05e.pdf)

11. Consider options that include adding sediment below the dam consistent with a pre-dam sediment profile.

12. Consider triggering flood flows based partly on distributing sediments from the LCR and Paria Rivers when those tributaries are supplying large amounts of sediment.

13. Restore historic water quality regarding temperature profiles, pH, and native fish species.

14. Limit the rate of increase/decrease of flow rates to promote boater safety and beach preservation and enhancement.

Please forward this message to any party you feel may be interested in the LTEMP EIS.

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There is really no reason not to send in a comment, is there? Even a short one of just a few sentences, to let them know that we care about how that dam operates. It's a very simple process, and takes just a few minutes.
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That was a lot easier than I thought it would be. Comments submitted. thanks for the talking points!
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There is really no reason not to send in a comment, is there? Even a short one of just a few sentences, to let them know that we care about how that dam operates. It's a very simple process, and takes just a few minutes.
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Hi,

This EIS is something that will impact boating in GC for generations-- it's important, folks.

In addition to its own submission, GCPBA worked together with Grand Canyon River Guides, Grand Canyon River Outfitters, Grand Canyon River Runners, and American Whitewater to develop a joint submission that emphasized the fundamentals that ought to go into this EIS.

If you'd like to review it for ideas on your own submission, go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/gcpba/files/ and scroll down to "LTEMP Joint Submission - Final 2.doc".

And has been pointed out above, the more cogent submissions there are by boaters, the better balance there will be with the power and water interests, which are so deeply entrenched in the current system.

FWIW.

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They only have a little over 150 comments submitted as of yesterday. C'mon, take a few minutes and send them something so that they can see we're here and we want a say in the matter!

Even if it's as little as: Run the dam to minimize the environmental impact.

That will take you 2 minutes, start to finish.
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couple questions before I comment

Would propossed sediment dumping or historic water temperatures result in a dramatic impact to the tail water fishing imediately below the dam?

Could these issues be addressed without impacting that positive resource?

I'm thinking put sediment in down at Hecla?
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Hi Canada,

It all depends on how much more you want the project to cost. The further down from the dam that you run the pipeline carrying warm, silty water, the more trout fishing you'll preserve.

And you've touched on the heart of that particular problem. Finding the money to do anything along the lines of supplementary sediment injection and temperature moderation will cost quite a bit. And right now is not the best time to be asking for money out of the Federal budget or power revenues.

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