GCPBA Past Surveys

GCPBA  2011 Lottery and Lottery Satisfaction Survey – This survey was conducted to assess the river runner satisfaction with the lottery system of awarding trip permits, first instituted in 2006 with the implementation of the 2006 Colorado River Management Plan (CRMP).

SURVEY RESULTS

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GCPBA Members Survey 2003 – Ranking of Issue Importance Survey

This survey was conducted by the GCPBA Board to give direction and clarity to board members as to the importance of issues that were being addressed by the 2006 CRMP project which was then underway. Hot issues of the day were private boater access, wilderness values, opposition to continued use of motors on river trips. There were 196 respondents to this survey. Click to enlarge.

Survey Chart 1 2003

Survey Chart 1 2003

American Whitewater Grand Canyon Survey

GCPBA and American Whitewater worked together with other organizations to develop joint comments for submission during the CRMP process (2000-2006) to advance the interests of private boaters to gain greater access to the the Colorado River for non-commercial river runners and participants. Jason Robertson, former Access Director of American Whitewater Association (https://www.americanwhitewater.org/) and author of the following serve used to guide American Whitewater and GCPBA in their joint CRMP efforts, served concurrently on the GCPBA Board. (ED)

Grand Canyon: The Survey Results Are In! posted August 13, 2002 by Jason Robertson

AW’s Grand Canyon Survey Analysis American Whitewater collected responses to our non-scientific online survey between July 9 and August 8, 2002 at www.AmericanWhitewater.org. Our purpose in conducting the survey was to gauge the pulse of our members and the boating public on several issues related to river management in the Grand Canyon. The respondents were self-selecting and elected to go to American Whitewater’s website after receiving email notification of the survey’s availability. 872 people completed the survey; 15 of these responses were incomplete and were discarded. 352 of the respondents were American Whitewater members (5% of membership). 175 respondents were Grand Canyon Private Boater Affiliation (GCPBA) members. The Park Service did not assist with this survey. However, American Whitewater will share the results of our survey with the Park along with the comments that we received.

Summary of American Whitewater Membership Responses

VISITS

55% of respondents have floated down the Grand Canyon.

Average date of last trip was 1997, median was 1999.

Of those respondents who have been down:

12% have been on motorized raft trips. 52% have been on non-motorized raft trips. 63% have been in kayaks with raft support. 27% have been on commercial trips.

WAIT LIST

97% do not find the Wait List acceptable and 96% want a new permit system.

36% have been registered on the Wait List.

41% plan to get on the Wait List in the future.

An additional 36% would get on the List if it was shorter.

The primary reason 80% of respondents have not registered on the List is its length.

The secondary reason 42% is that the $100 registration fee is too high.

Respondents would prefer to register for private permits via the web.

Their secondary choice is via email.

Other choices in decreasing preference are:

Fax Phone Mail or Operator In Person.

Respondents would prefer a reservation registration system.

This is followed closely by a Weighted Lottery, then Lottery, and Wait List.

There was very little interest in a First-Come First-Serve system.

79% were interested in a hybrid system that provided two avenues for applying for permits.

62% felt that a 2-3 year wait was reasonable, 26% selected 1 year or less, 10% more than 3.

72% felt that they should be able to launch 1 year or less after receiving their permit.

MOTORS

87% believe that motors diminish the wilderness character of the river.

72% believe that motors diminish the paddling experience.

58% would agree to future use of cleaner, quieter motors, 38% would not.

70% would compromise on motors in a way that also protects the “wilderness quality experience”, 27% would not.

79% would compromise on motors if the number of private launches increases, 17% would not.

Summary of All Responses

VISITS

56% of respondents have floated down the GC.

Average date of last trip was 1998, median was 1998.

Of those respondents who have been down:

18% have been on motorized raft trips. 68% have been on non-motorized raft trips. 39% have been in kayaks with raft support. 28% have been on commercial trips.

WAIT LIST

90% do not find the Wait List acceptable and 88% want a new permit system.

38% have been registered on the Wait List.

40% plan to get on the Wait List in the future.

An additional 31% would get on the List if it was shorter.

The primary reason 72% of respondents have not registered on the List is its length.

The secondary reason 36% is that the $100 registration fee is too high.

Respondents would prefer to register for private permits via the web.

Their secondary choice is via email.

Other choices in decreasing preference are:

Phone or Mail or Operator Fax In Person.

Respondents would prefer a reservation registration system.

This is followed closely by a Weighted Lottery, then Lottery, and Wait List. There was some interest in a First-Come First-Serve system.

73% were interested in a hybrid system that provided two avenues for applying for permits.

56% felt that a 2-3 year wait was reasonable, 23% selected 1 year or less, 10% more than 3.

67% felt that they should be able to launch 1 year or less after receiving their permit.

MOTORS

77% believe that motors diminish the wilderness character of the river.

65% believe that motors diminish the paddling experience.

55% would agree to future use of cleaner, quieter motors, 35% would not.

66% would compromise on motors in a way that also protects the “wilderness quality experience”, 26% would not.

74% would compromise on motors if the number of private launches increases, 19% would not.

Observations

As a result of conducting this survey and of reviewing the responses in the comment fields, it is apparent that American Whitewater should conduct another survey addressing the issues of helicopter use at Whitmore Wash, allocation between commercial and private permits, daily launch patterns, cancellation policies, and other related concepts. Check back in late August 2002 for our follow-up survey.

Jason D. Robertson

 

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