Greetings to you all and happy spring!!
You may have heard that the Moab BLM is proposing to increase the special area fee in Westwater Canyon in 2013. The fee would be raised from $7 per person to $10 per person for both private and commercial boaters. The last time this special area fee was increased was in 1998. As you can imagine most things (including staff labor, gas, gear and facility maintenance) have increased in price since 1998.
The fortunate reality is that 100% of the fee does stay right here with the Moab BLM for use on the river program. The fees that you pay when you acquire a Westwater permit actually do pay the ranger's salary as well as the person that you speak to in order to get the river permit. The special area fees are also used to maintain the potable water system, ranger facility, campground and toilets at both Westwater and Cisco.
There is a business plan posted at the address below and I encourage you to share your comments prior to March 22nd. Thank you!!
Colorado River Business Plan