GCPBA response to LTEMP draft EIS

Grand Canyon Private Boaters Association (GCPBA) was founded in 1996 to provide a voice for the noncommercial  boating community in the Grand Canyon. Our organization is currently comprised of approximately 440 paid members, and more than 4000 internet subscribers. We are a non‐profit 501(c)(3) organization, whose stated purpose is to:

Promote, encourage, and advocate for the interests of the non‐commercial boating community on the river, particularly (but not limited to) access issues involving the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon

Our membership is directly affected by, and cares strongly about, the environmental, cultural, and recreational resources of the Grand Canyon (GC) river corridor, which are inherently impacted by Glen Canyon Dam operations. Therefore, on behalf of our membership -  as well as all future river corridor users, GCPBA offers  the following  comments on the Long Term Experimental and Management Plan(LTEMP, or the Plan) Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) now under consideration.

GCPBA Board members attended all the scoping meetings.  We submitted written comments  November 15, 2011.  On January 10, 2012, Grand Canyon River Guides, Grand Canyon River Runners Association,  Grand Canyon River Outfitters Association, Grand Canyon Private Boaters Association,  and American Whitewater all signed a joint submission.

Since that time Grand Canyon Trust has joined in with our “cooperative coalition” and submitted scoping comments as well.  We are all pleased that  Alternative D (Preferred Alternative) substantially reflects the many comments and concerns we all expressed.  Therefore,  GCPBA is in support of Alternative D (Preferred Alternative).  GCPBA  is hopeful that the Final EIS will not water down the beach preservation and building, nor the environmental  protections.

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