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A new Yahoo Group as a place for folks to exchange information on Grand Canyon river trips!

Grand Canyon Private Boaters Association (GCPBA) has set up a new Yahoogroup as a place for folks to exchange information on Grand Canyon river trips. It’s intended to help people seeking spots on a trip, as well as folks with a permit who are looking for additional participants. In short, it’s a place dedicated to exchanging trip-specific planning information for Grand Canyon river trips.

The new list is found at https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/gc_river_trip_planning/info

Feel free to go there to post information about your upcoming trip, and needs you may have for participants, shuttle coordination, and other logistics where contact with other trip leaders/permit holders may be helpful. For instance, trip leaders who want to contact others launching, exchanging, or taking out at about the same time can make those contacts here, since the Park is not able to provide that information directly.

Also, if you are looking for a trip as a passenger or boater, and want to post information about yourself, your capabilities, experience, and the gear you may be able to provide, this will be a place you can do that.

The new list won’t be a place for other kinds of discussions, unrelated to specific GC river trip planning concerns. When posting, please sign your name, to let readers know with whom they are communicating.

GCPBA is not responsible in any way for representations made by persons who post on the trip planning list regarding trips, nor does it endorse their qualifications for organizing, leading, or participating in a GC river trip. All the usual rules about civility, consideration of others, and legal conduct apply.

We hope this new list will be useful to members of the GC boating community, and we will be open to suggestions on how to improve its use.

Rich Phillips

Secretary, GCPBA

 

Norovirus Outbreak in Canyon – Coconino County Guidelines For River Trippers

Hey river trippers, there has been an outbreak of the dreaded Norovirus in the Canyon this year. The following guide has been prepared by Coconino County to help river runners prevent and deal with this very unpleasant disease.

If you have a trip planned for this year, or really for any year, it would be good for trip leaders and everyone on the trip be familiar with the causes, symptoms and ways to manage and treat a trip that has members who have contracted this nasty disease.

Norovirus on the River: Protect your Paricipants, and Yourself

BACKGROUND: Norovirus is a very contagious virus that infects over 20 million people in the US every year. You can get norovirus from an infected person, contaminated food and water, or by touching contaminated surfaces. Norovirus causes sudden-onset vomiting and diarrhea that lasts about 24-48 hours. On rafts and in camps, norovirus can spread quickly. The best way to prevent norovirus is to practice proper hand washing and general cleanliness.

Each season, there are multiple river trips that are affected by norovirus. So far in 2012, the number of infected trips is about average. Large outbreaks of norovirus can be prevented if you do the following:

BEFORE AN OUTBREAK: Guests or guides may bring norovirus from home or from their travels. Many people who carry norovirus do not have symptoms. You may not be able to prevent the first case of norovirus on your trip, but you can prevent its spread by practicing good health habits from day one.
Handwashing. Explain and enforce good handwashing habits in your group. Use test strips to ensure that you have the right amount of chlorine in your hand-wash water. Offer hand sanitizer post-wash.

Food service. Offer hand sanitizer on the boat before serving snacks. If you are sharing something from a common bag or box (e.g. trail mix), have guests pour the contents into their hands, rather than reaching into the bag/box. At meals, encourage everyone to wash their hands before eating.

Drinking water. Make sure guests don’t touch the nozzle of water dispensers. Wipe the nozzle with bleach solution twice a day. If you are filtering water from the river, remember that norovirus is tiny and can pass through filters. Treat drinking water (2-5 drops of bleach per gallon of water) and set aside for at least 30 minutes before using.

Setting up camp. When you enter a camp, observe whether it appears to have been occupied by ill people recently. Cat-holes, vomit, etc., may indicate a sick trip before you. Be careful about where you set up your tents, toilets, chairs, and kitchen. Avoid setting up sleeping camps in questionable areas. Assume that norovirus contamination may be present at all beaches and take appropriate precautions.

Toilets. Only crew members should set up toilets.

 Wear eye protection (e.g. sunglasses) and two pairs of disposable gloves. Before putting on gloves squirt a small dollop of hand soap on the back of one of your hands for hand washing afterwards

 Don’t use toilet brushes. They carry contamination.

 Keep bleach solution in the toilet kit to disinfect the toilet seat, toilet box, and handles. Don’t use the same bottle for your dish-wash/potable water – have a separate bleach bottle for toilets.

 After you properly store the toilet seat in a separate plastic bag in the toilet kit and place the toilet lid back on the toilet, remove and discard the outer pair of disposable gloves.

 Wipe down the hand soap, toilet “key”, toilet paper container, etc. with the bleach solution, using a disposable paper towel.

 Lastly, take off your gloves, and use the dollop of soap on the back of your hand to wash hands thoroughly at the hand wash station followed by a hand sanitizer.

IN THE EVENT OF ILLNESS

Supplies. If someone is sick, make a bleach solution (5-25 tablespoons per gallon of water) each day. Do not use this for food surfaces or hand-washing. It is for cleaning contaminated non-food surfaces only.

“Spill” clean-up. Try to avoid putting vomit or feces in the river. Don’t leave vomit or feces on a beach, and don’t bury it. Put it in a toilet or trash container. If you use a trash container, use extra trash bags to close and seal the vomit away. If you use a toilet, reserve that toilet for sick people only.

If you don’t have room to carry all the vomit or feces with you on the rest of the trip, scoop it into a five-gallon bucket, and saturate it with the bleach solution as specified above. After 15-20 minutes, throw it into the main current of the river and rinse the bucket with the bleach solution. (Try to limit any damage to resources during clean-up, especially if you’re in an arch site.)
Isolate ill individuals and gear. Have ill folks sit on the same boat or same area of a rig. Wash the boat and other potentially contaminated equipment frequently with the bleach solution. If clothing is soiled with vomit or feces, store it in a dry, labeled bag. Paco pads, tents, etc. must stay with the people who were sick for the rest of the trip. Have sick people stay in the same area of camp, if possible.

Toilets. Consider taking extra disposable toilet bags (“wag bags”) to provide for ill passengers to use in camp or in case of sudden emergency. If you have day-tripper ammo cans, consider creating an additional one (or two) for sick passengers.

 Set up a “sick” toilet and hand-washing area for those who are ill or recovering

 If feces or vomit are on the toilet seat or on the outside of the toilet box, clean with a bleach wipe, discard it in the toilet, and then rinse the surface with the bleach solution. Wipe with a disposable paper towel and dispose in toilet.

 Never wash off fecal material in the river or side tributaries. Get it into a toilet.

Food preparation.

If you have an ill person, enhance food prep safety. Wash your hands more frequently followed by a hand sanitizer. Wear non-latex disposable gloves. Do not allow any guests (even ones who aren’t sick) to help in the kitchen. Have a guide who does not have symptoms serve all food so only one person touches serving utensils. Make simple meals (e.g. sandwiches) for the sick people and serve them so they don’t have to touch anything. Do not save unused food. Wipe down the outsides of condiment containers with a weak bleach solution (1-2 teaspoons of bleach per gallon of water). If all of the guides are sick, pick a very simple menu and ask a responsible guest (preferably one who hasn’t been sick in the past two weeks) to do the hands-on prep, with a guide supervising.

Reporting: Report trips with one or two ill passengers at the end of your trip. Report a trip with three or more ill passengers to your concession manager via sat phone ASAP. Be sure to complete the Confidential Illness Report Forms for all ill guests and guides.

After the trip: Hold your toilets for testing at the end of the trip. Sanitize all equipment using the bleach solution or steam/hot water (same water used to prevent quagga mussels, >140 degrees). Launder sleeping bags and other soft goods in hot water and hot dry. Don’t forget to clean all items that have hard surfaces, such as the ammo can that holds your library.

NorovirusComRiverGuide2012

 

 

GCPBA Letter to GCNP Superintendent Uberuaga Opposes Up-run Proposal

February 7, 2014

Dear Superintendent Uberuaga,

As a follow up to my earlier inquiry on this matter, I am writing as President of Grand Canyon Private Boater’s Association, to register our opposition to any prospective upstream boating in the Colorado River above Diamond Creek. We understand from media sources that the Hualapai tribe has considered including such a trip option through their Hualapai River Runners operation. We recognize that subsequent media reports indicate that the Hualapai have postponed their plans. Still, we are not content with that. This proposal should be promptly met with head on opposition before it can re-emerge.

GCPBA believes that any such upstream travel would constitute a serious breach of the Colorado River Management Plan and certain federal regulations. We also believe such activity would significantly impact the wilderness character of that portion of the river as well as violate a longstanding traditional prohibition against upstream travel above Separation Canyon.

Another point to consider is that the stretch of river from about mile 219 to mile 224.5 is one of the most crowded in the canyon. A node forms there almost every night as most trips position themselves for takeout the next day. Trips running upriver would add another crowd, in the node area and at the takeout. That makes the area immediately upstream of Diamond Creek critical for managing all river running in the GC.

Grand Canyon Private Boater’s Association will absolutely and vigorously support Park and DOI action opposing this, or any similar activity by anyone, not just the Hualapai River Runners. We believe that if this activity goes forward, it may lead to other CRMP infringements throughout the river corridor and possibly elsewhere in Grand Canyon National Park. The impact of these types of exploits can do nothing but have a severe negative impact on the character and quality of river running in Grand Canyon, as well as have major detrimental consequences for the Canyon ecosystem. We are hoping that quick preventive action by the Park, will influence the tribe to permanently drop consideration of this prospective trip offering.

Thank you for your continued willingness to work with GCPBA on matters of mutual interest. Please be assured of our cooperation in this important matter and understand that we will insist on rigid enforcement.

Regards,

Wally Rist, President
Grand Canyon Private Boaters Association

GCPBA News – 10-30-13 – Grand Canyon River Office Releases Eight Year Update of River Usage and Lottery Statistics

Click here to open a pdf file of the eight year update:  River Stats 8 Year Update 10-30-13

GCPBA RiverNews 10.11.13 – National Park Service Enters Agreement with State of Arizona to Re-open Grand Canyon National Park

Here is the good news folks! Bon Voyage to those who get to go, sorry for those who have to make new arrangements, thanks to the Supt and his folks for taking a personal hand in the effort to make it work.

National Park Service Enters Agreement with State of Arizona to Re-open Grand Canyon National Park Service is in the process of negotiating similar agreements with other states

The National Park Service today announced that it has entered into an agreement with the State of Arizona that will allow Grand Canyon National Park to re-open and temporarily operate during the government shutdown.

Due to the lack of appropriations from Congress, the Department of the Interior was forced to close all national parks across the country last week and furlough more than 20,000 National Park Service employees who ensure the safety of visitors and the security of the resources.

Responding to the economic impacts that the park closures are having on many communities and local businesses, Secretary of the Interior Jewell announced Thursday that she will consider agreements with Governors who indicate an interest and ability to fully fund National Park Service personnel to re-open national parks in their states.

“This is a practical and temporary solution that will lessen the pain for some businesses and communities in Arizona during this shutdown,” said Secretary Sally Jewell. “We want to re-open all of our national parks as quickly possible for everyone to enjoy and call on Congress to pass a clean continuing resolution to open the government.”

Under the terms of the agreement, Arizona will donate funds to the National Park Service for the sole purpose of enabling National Park Service employees to re-open and manage Grand Canyon National Park.

The agreement funds Grand Canyon for a period of 7 days, running from Saturday, October 12 through Friday, October 18 at the donated amount of $651,000.00.

Entrances to Grand Canyon will open to the public beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 12. These include the North Rim Entrance Station, the Desert View Entrance Station, and the South Rim Entrance Station. Visitors should be aware that during the first 48 hours many services will be limited.

As stated in the October 7 announcement of the River Permits Accommodation Plan, permittees who had launch dates three days prior to opening and including opening day, may choose to get a refund for permit fees and reschedule. River permit holders with the current launch date will have priority to launch on their scheduled date.

Xanterra South Rim, LLC and Delaware North Companies, Inc. will re-open concessions operated services with limited amenities for the first 48 hours. Guests with hotel reservations should contact Xanterra South Rim directly at 928-638-2631.

The North Rim will re-open for day use with limited visitor services available. The Grand Canyon Lodge operated by Forever Resorts will also re-open with limited guest services; individuals with lodge reservations should contact Forever Resorts 877-386-4383.

Public Affairs Office
Grand Canyon National Park
Kirby-Lynn Shedlowski

Launching at Lee’s In Fifty-Six (Katie Lee)
Great trips to all!

 

GCPBA RiverNews 10.07.13 – Grand Canyon National Park announces plan to accommodate river permit holders once government re-opens

Grand Canyon, Ariz. – The National Park Service at Grand Canyon National Park announced today that all river permit holders who were denied their scheduled launch due to the government shutdown will receive a refund for permit fees.

River permit holders will also be entitled to reschedule for a Colorado River trip with their choice of dates in 2013, 2014, 2015 or 2016. The permit holder will be required to submit their choices within 60 days of the government reopening. No more than three launches will be permitted in a day and the new trip must adhere to the trip length of the chosen season.

Permittees who had launch dates three days prior to opening and including opening day, may choose to get a refund for permit fees and reschedule with the same parameters as outlined above or launch after opening. The maximum number of launches will be adjusted to four per day for the first two days after opening. After that, the maximum will be three launches per day until the backlog has been cleared. River permit holders with the current launch date will have priority to launch on their scheduled date.

Commercial river companies that have scheduled launches during the government shutdown will be able to carry over lost user days that occurred under the government shutdown in the 2014 season. A user day is equal to one passenger on the river over the period of one day. Therefore, if a company was to launch with 10 passengers for 10 days, they’ll be able to carry over 100 user days in the 2014 season.

Twenty-one private river launches and six commercial launches were scheduled over the first two weeks in October.

“The Park worked closely with affected parties to develop this plan, and I appreciate their understanding and support,” stated Park Superintendent Dave Uberuaga.

Details will be sent to each river permit holder outlining the options in the plan and any priority each may have.

The Park is also looking at options for other permit holders, and will provide information on any options it may offer in the near future.

-NPS-

Public Affairs Office
Grand Canyon National Park
Public Affairs Officer Maureen Oltrogge
928-638-7779

GCPBA RiverNews 10.07.13 – GCPBA President Rist Comments On Park Plan

GCPBA applauds GCNP and especially Superintendent Uberuaga , and River District Ranger, Brian Bloom for its work in bringing together various stakeholders to assist in the formulation of this plan. Proudly, GCPBA was an integral contributor. There were others as well but it should be noted that the commercial outfitters were extremely helpful as well as sympathetic working with the NPS to accommodate displaced private river trips GCPBA thanks them all as well. It was truly a cooperate effort .

The Plan cannot address the re-openning of the Park. GCPBA understands that it will require congress, or maybe the DOI to do such.

We are well aware that the plan cannot eliminate all the pain, or inconvenience. We do hope it provides some relief for many.

Wally Rist
President,
Grand Canyon Private Boaters Association (GCPBA)

GCPBA Letter To Sec of the Interior –

Reopen Launches At Lee’s Ferry

Sally Jewell, Secretary
Department of the Interior
1849 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20240

Via Email October 2, 2013

Dear Secretary Jewell,

I am writing in behalf of Grand Canyon Private Boaters Association, and the thousands of private river runners who travel through the Grand Canyon each year. My immediate concern relates to the current and future impact of Interior’s “shutdown” policy on boaters with imminent launch dates for Colorado River trips.

At present, and in each subsequent day of this shutdown, numerous private and commercial boaters are being denied access to river trip launch facilities at Lees Ferry, Arizona. This is an area managed by the National Park Service. Our representatives on site have been told that the policy requiring this closure was issued at a high level in Washington. Therefore we are calling on you to reverse this policy and allow trip rigging to resume today, and to permit long-scheduled launches of both private and commercial trips.

The reasons for doing so are simple – there is no actual resource saving involved, huge individual time and financial commitments by citizens are being squandered, and other Interior components are allowing launches on managed rivers despite the shutdown.

With regard to resource issues, the very NPS rangers who would be overseeing launch activity are being used to barricade the road to the river access point at Lees Ferry. Allowing launches would not require any manpower diversion or otherwise incur additional costs to the government. Likewise, Park-wide search and rescue personnel remain on duty to respond to emergencies that might arise involving river parties already on the river. Resumption of launch activity would not require further manpower in that segment of the Park’s workforce array.

The decision to prevent launches means that numerous individuals – who already have been issued a launch permit by the Park and who have invested large amounts of non-refundable money in a river trip (including those committed to a commercially operated trip) – are being subject to an unreasonable and logically indefensible government interruption in that trip. In some ways, this could be viewed as an unjustified seizure of their assets, since for many individuals rescheduling will not be an option. I should add that the related decision to prevent hike-in participants from joining trips at Phantom Ranch not only presents similar issues, but also creates potential trip safety issues. Participants intending to join a trip in this way may be critical replacement boat operators – substituting for others who were permitted to hike out midway through the trip.

Finally, we are reliably informed that other Interior-managed rivers not under NPS jurisdiction continue to allow launches of river trips, albeit without direct ranger participation in those launches. This is a logical and considerate method of implementing any applicable shutdown-related workforce restrictions, and we urge that process be immediately implemented at Grand Canyon as well.

Given there are less burdensome means available for Interior to comply with the terms of the current budget crisis, current policy should altered to allow launches and hike-ins for Grand Canyon river trips.

Thank you for your prompt consideration of this matter.

Sincerely,

Richard Phillips, Secretary
Grand Canyon Private Boaters Association

Contact Arizona’s Governor -

http://www.azgovernor.gov/Contact.asp or you can call the Governors office – 602 542 4331

Contacting Congress -

In order to find your Representatives’ contact information, visit www.whoismyrepresentative.com/, enter your zip code and hit select.

This page will take you to your local representatives and senators. If you click on their name, it will take you to their direct contact information where you can call and either speak with him/her directly or leave a message. You can also email Erin Walls-Special Assistant to the Secretary of Interior at erin_walls@ios.doi.gov or Laura Davis-our Chief of Staff to the Secretary of Interior at laura_davis@ios.doi.gov.

In addition to writing your own state representatives, please also send copies of your correspondence to Arizona and Utah legislators. (Thank you to Grand Canyon River Runners Association [GCRRA] for list compilation)

Arizona

Senator John McCain
SR-241 Russell Building
Washington, DC 20510-0303
202-2235
Chief of Staff – Pablo Carrillo – Pablo_carrillo@mccain.senate.gov

Senator Jeff Flake
SR-368 Russell Building 20510-4521
202-224-4521
Chief of Staff – Steve Voeller – steve_voeller@flake.senate.gov

Congressman Ron Barber
1029 Longworth Building 20515-0302
202-225-2542
Chief of Staff – Jennifer Cox – Jennifer.cox@mail.house.gov

Congressman Trent Frank
2435 Rayburn Building 20515-0308
202-225-4576
Chief of Staff Randy Kutz – randy.kutz@mail.house.gov

Congressman Paul Gosar
504 Cannon Building 20515-0304
202-225-2315
Chief of Staff – Thomas Van Flein – tom.vanfein@mail.house.gov

Congressman Raul Grijalva
1511 Longworth Building 20515-0303
202-225-2435
Chief of Staff – Amy Emerick – amy.emerick@mail.house.gov

Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick
330 Cannon Building 20515-0301
202-225-3361
Chief of Staff – Carmen Gallus – Carmen.gallus@mail.house.gov

Congressman Matt Salmon
2349 Rayburn Building 20515-0305
202-225-2635
Chief of Staff – Adam Deguire – adam.deguire@mail.house.gov

Congressman Ed Pastor
2465 Rayburn Building 20515-0307
202-225-4065
Executive Assistant – Laura Campos – laura.campos@mail.house.gov

Congressman David Schweikert
1205 Longworth Building 20515-0306
202-225-2190
Chief of Staff – Oliver Schwab – oliver.schwab@mail.house.gov

Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema
1237 Longworth Building 20515-0309
202-225-9888
Chief of Staff – JoDee Winterhof – jodee.winterhof@mail.house.gov

Utah

Senator Orrin Hatch
SH-104 Hart Building 20510-4402
202-224-5251
Chief of Staff – Michael Kennedy – michael_kennedy@hatch.senate.gov

Senator Mike Lee
SH-316 Hart Building 20510-4404
202-224-5444
Chief of Staff – Boyd Matheson – boyd_matheson@lee.senate.gov

Congressman Rob Bishop
123 Cannon Building 20515-4401
202-225-0453
Chief of Staff – Scott Parker – scott.parker@mail.house.gov

Congressman Jason Chaffetz
2464 Rayburn Building 20515-4403
202-225-7751
Chief of Staff – Justin Harding – Justin.harding@mail.house.gov

Congressman Jim Matheson
2211 Rayburn Building 20515-4404
202-225-3011
Chief of Staff – Margaret Joseph – meg.joseph@mail.house.gov

Congressman Chris Stewart
323 Cannon Building 20515-4402
202-225-9730
Chief of Staff – Brian Steed – brian.steed@mail.house.gov

 

GCPBA and American Canyoneers Submit Joint “River Assisted Backcountry Travel” Recommendation to the PARK

Among many things GCPBA does regularly as the voice of private boaters in the Grand Canyon, we stay in communication with other organizations that have similar interests. We also communicate with Park officials on a variety of important issues. One recent example is our cooperative effort with American Canyoneers, in making a joint recommendation regarding the river portion of the Back Country Management Plan , which is under formulation.

GCPBA stays busy. The following joint submission was the result of our Board members exchanging detailed information and viewpoints with American Canyoneers over a protracted period of time. Other river-related activities – such as tracking and researching the LCR Escalade proposal and the Long Term Experimental Management Plan for Glen Canyon Dam – are similarly demanding.

These projects are extremely important to the future of GC river running, and member dues and donations support our all-volunteer efforts. In addition to your financial support, we appreciate your moral support. You can help in both ways as an individual, and also by directing your boating friends to our website, http://www.gcpba.org/ . There they can join GCPBA and/or donate.

Wally Rist, President GCPBA

The Letter

Superintendent Dave Uberuaga
Wilderness Coordinator Linda Jalbert
Grand Canyon National Park Box 129 Grand Canyon, AZ 86023

April 11, 2013

Dear Superintendent Dave Uberuaga and Wilderness Coordinator Linda Jalbert,

Since November 2012, Rich Rudow, board member at American Canyoneers and Dave Mortenson, board member at Grand Canyon Private Boaters Association, have been jointly working through the issues concerning RABT (River Assisted Backcountry Travel), for the upcoming Backcountry Management Plan. RABT is the much preferred term to packrafting because we feel it better implies our mutual position and philosophy in regard to backpackers relying in part on river travel.

We understand that the Scoping Period ended June 27, 2011, that NPS has reviewed 581 comments and is well into the process of finalizing a number of alternatives regarding this portion of the management plan. Our purpose in sending you this letter is not to become belated comment 582. Our purpose is to inform you the two organizations stand united on the following aspects of what we think the final plan should include. It is our hope that it will closely parallel one of the NPS alternatives and that we can strongly support such with a united voice.

We are in full agreement that the purpose of RABT travel should be part of an overland route that other wise could not be safely and/or conveniently completed. We do differ slightly on the degree of difficulty and convenience which the NPS should consider — GCPBA being more restrictive, American Canyoneers being less restrictive. However, we see this as no more than a slight disagreement.

We are also in complete agreement that no part of the plan should openly or inadvertently “open the door” for casual, sporting use of the river. For example, a mini river trip floating from Lee’s Ferry to Cathedral Canyon and a hike out should not be granted a RABT permit.

GCPBA and American Canyoneers are not advocating for more backcountry use or expanded use of the River, as currently called for in the respective management plans.

Any use of the river will require either a backcountry permit or a river permit. We agree that a day user, who normally would not be required to have a backcountry permit, should have a backcountry permit if river usage is planned.

We both agree that Canyoneers or backpackers, like all other group types, can apply for a river permit in the weighted lottery and make that the focus of their river trip. Many do apply and run these types of trips when they win the lottery.

A “zone system” is the management approach of choice upon which we agree. Each individual zone would be defined along the river primarily by the accessibility to overland entrance and exit routes of the Canyon. The Zone system would be managed similar to current backcountry zones on a backcountry permit. Each river zone would have its own unique set of allowable uses and should include the number of people in a given zone at a given time, as well as overnights on the river portion. We also see the potential for some seasonal variation, with less restrictive rules during the winter seasons where river permit traffic is lower. River camping at traditional camps used by private and commercial boaters should be discouraged and be subject to the management restrictions in the river corridor that pertain to river runners. We are in agreement that zones would have different allowable uses defined by NPS, and may with time and management conditions require modification in delineated uses. We also support public comment on any changes, to help educate and inform users and improve possible decisions.

A great deal of collective experience, and details have been thoroughly presented and discussed with each other. We are quite pleased that GCPBA and American Canyoneers are able to work together to be able to present NPS with this mutual agreement letter. We are convinced it puts forth a very workable plan. Representatives of each group are available to answer questions and further discuss this with you. While submitted post Scoping Period, we hope the back country management plan team will consider it as part of its final decision. We look forward to hearing from you.

 Thank you,

Wally Rist

President GCPBA

809 W. Riordan Rd Suite 100 #431 Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Wolfgang Schuster,

President

American Canyoneers

2517 Hobbs View Circle Layton, UT 84040

Readers can view the actual letter here: Signed GCPBA_AC letter April 11, 2013

GCPBA Could Use Your Help – Help Us Help You

A reminder that GCPBA’s fund-raising effort is still active. It’s vitally important in helping us to stay in the arena when it comes to representing private boater interests. The three key areas where the Board anticipates a coming need for additional financial support are:

* The Long Term Experimental and Management Plan (LTEMP) for operation of Glen Canyon Dam, which in its final form will have a major impact on river related recreational opportunities on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon.

* The proposed LCR Escalade development, which (if not stopped) would result in an extensive resort-type development on the rim, a tramway to the river, and a restaurant literally overlooking the junction of the LCR and the main Colorado, as well as the potential for reduced or no access to the Little Colorado River Canyon for river runners.

* The Backcountry Management Plan now under development by the Park, which interfaces with river operations in important ways like closures (such as happened at Deer Creek) and impact of the increasingly popular sport of packrafting.

For those of you who have already donated, joined GCPBA, or renewed your membership, thank you for your generosity and support.

For folks who are new here, or who in the past have stayed on the sidelines, please help GCPBA through your paid membership, membership renewal, or a direct donation. Visit our new website: www.gcpba.org and look for the “Donate” link on the left side.

Thanks for your support.

Rich Phillips
Secretary, GCPBA

Welcome to the Grand Canyon Private Boaters Association NEW Website!

Our Goal:  Ensure the ability for all to obtain, on an equal and timely basis, an opportunity to experience a float trip through the Grand Canyon while protecting the resource.

The Grand Canyon Private Boaters Association was established in 1996 to provide the self-outfitted boating public with an advocate and a clear voice seeking to achieve fair access for the non-commercial river runner in Grand Canyon and the rivers of the Colorado Plateau region.

Important note to previous GCPBA website registrants – your previous username will still work on this new site but your password may not. If it doesn’t work, you will be taken to a page allowing you to request a new password that will be emailed to you. Once you are able to log in, you can change your password if you desire. We’re sorry for the inconvenience – building a new website is as challenging as running a heavy boat through Bedrock at low, low water.

Early Morning Full Moon – Launch Day at Lees Ferry, by Bruce McElya © 2012
Used with permission

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