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
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
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]
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.
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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