GCPBA RiverNews 10/23/2016 - GCPBA Makes Defeating the Escalade Project a Priority
The Grand Canyon Private Boaters Association, acting as the voice of the private boater, will be doing more than simply spreading the news of the opposition to the planned Escalade development in Grand Canyon.
At its annual Board Meeting October 1, 2016, in Flagstaff, the GCPBA Board unanimously agreed that the Escalade Project at the confluence of the Colorado and Little Colorado Rivers is the most serious threat currently facing the Grand Canyon.
A former board member relayed, "I think the Canyon is more threatened now than it has been since the Bridge Canyon Dams proposal." We feel it is a threat to the wilderness nature of the Canyon and certainly to the wilderness experience of a river trip. The Escalade can only mar the Canyon.
Because GCPBA feels this is a top priority, we are making a $5,000 donation to Grand Canyon Trust earmarked for supporting the grass roots effort of Save the Confluence to oppose this project at the local level. For the last several years, Grand Canyon Trust has worked very closely to support and advise Save The Confluence. It has done an outstanding job. GCPBA has followed it closely and consider their efforts as being the most effective over a more flamboyant "stir the public" approach. However, we have been pleased to see excellent articles in the New York Times and the LA Times stimulated by GCT. The articles have appeared in overseas newspapers and websites as well..
GCPBA encourages all of you to keep up with the news and support Grand Canyon Trust and Save The Confluence. Their websites are:
Roger Clark of Grand Canyon Trust told us that this is how the money will be used:
With a generous grant from GCPBA, Grand Canyon Trust will continue our successful campaign in support of Save the Confluence and allies to thwart the ongoing threat posed by Escalade developers’ well-funded campaign to convince Navajo citizens to support their legislation to build a tourist resort and tramway into the Grand Canyon.
We will continue to strengthen existing strategy to stop the Escalade
- Assist the Save the Confluence family members in ongoing opposition to Escalade and in asserting their home site leases and grazing permits near the site of the proposed development.
- Sustain ongoing campaign to defeat Navajo Nation legislation to approve Escalade that was introduced on August 29, 2016.
- Continue to educate chapter officials and Bodaway-Gap voters on emerging attempts by developers to infiltrate the local decision-making process.
- Attend regular sessions of chapter meetings, Navajo Nation Council meetings, committee meetings, and special sessions.
- Retain services of Larry Foster, Renae Yellowhorse, Rita Bilagody, and others as needed and cover all travel expenses for Save the Confluence coalition members.
- Facilitate media requests and site visits and pursue other information dissemination opportunities, including public events and presentations to river guides, students, and volunteers.
- Organize and facilitate volunteer service projects to assist former Bennett Freeze residents with home improvements and other needed projects.
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