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Old 02-22-2016, 06:06 AM
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Lees Ferry Action Alert: Long Term Experimental Plan

Show your support for the Lees Ferry Rainbow Trout Fishery

Attend the Public Meetings to discuss the

Draft Glen Canyon Dam Long Term Experimental Plan
Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)

Flagstaff, AZ – Monday, February 22, 2016, 6:00 pm MST
USGS Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center
2255 N. Gemini Road, Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Tempe, AZ – Thursday, February 25, 2016, 6:00 pm MST
Embassy Suites Phoenix-Tempe
4400 S. Rural Road, Tempe, AZ 85282

Background

After 3 years in the making, the Bureau of Reclamation, which manages Glen Canyon Dam, and the National Park Service, which manages the lands in the Colorado River corridor, recently released for public review the Long Term Experimental and Management Plan Draft EIS (EIS) which will determine how Glen Canyon Dam will be operated for next 15-20 years to benefit the Lees ferry rainbow trout fishery and other environmental values.

A coalition of sportsmen and conservation organizations and the AZGFD have worked long and hard to influence the direction and content of the EIS. Last August, the group finalized Lees Ferry Recreational Trout Fishery Recommendations: the voice of Lees Ferry Recreational Anglers, Guides and Businesses. The Recommendations are consistent with and will benefit many other Colorado River resource values below Glen Canyon Dam including humpback chub recovery, sand conservation, hydropower generation, and cultural resource protection.

Please Get Involved!

Please attend the public meeting to learn more about the content of the EIS and to provide your comments. Our main message is that the EIS should recognize the Lees Ferry recreational trout fishery as a highly valued resource and a financial mainstay of the small community of Marble Canyon and northern Coconino County. The major actions recreational anglers support are:


· Weekend steady flow releases from Glen Canyon Dam should be tested to improve the productivity of the aquatic food base (in conjunction with repatriating the Lees Ferry reach with native aquatic invertebrates such as mayflies and caddis flies).

· More emphasis should be placed on conducting high flow experiments in the spring (as opposed to the fall) to enhance the aquatic food base, improve trout survival/recruitment when needed, and benefit other resources in the Grand Canyon.

· Trout management flows should be carefully tested as a tool to help improve the quality and stability of the rainbow trout fishery and enhance recovery of the endangered humpback chub

· An action plan should be developed to respond to low dissolved oxygen conditions that are lethal to rainbow trout in Lees Ferry, and

· A water temperature control device should be implemented at Glen Canyon Dam to maintain a water temperature regime that will support both a healthy trout and native fish population in Lees Ferry and downriver.

More detail on these and other recommendations is available in the Lees Ferry Recreational Trout Fishery Recommendations report.

The draft EIS is available on the internet at: http://ltempeis.anl.gov/. Written comments will be accepted until April 7, 2016.

For more information contact:

John Hamill,
Arizona Field Representative
Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership
jhamill@trcp.org
928-606-4234
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Old 02-22-2016, 07:45 PM
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This is awesome. Thanks for all that you do Terry.
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Old 02-22-2016, 09:38 PM
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Did anyone make it to the Flag meeting that can give a brief review of the discussion. Hopefully as many as possible can attend the Tempe meeting. Sadly these meetings often don't have the numbers in attendance that truly show the love of our sport that all of us have. Hopefully we can fill the room and show the bureaucrats just how much we care about our fisheries, especially our signature fishery, the Ferry. There are some good people at G&F that formulated the recommendations in this report and we need to support their efforts to improve the Ferry. As Terry says, the report recommendations all would help restore the Ferry to it's former awesome self. Please attend if possible.
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Old 02-23-2016, 10:52 AM
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There is a lot to be said for the conservation organizations that spearheaded the efforts for anglers.
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Old 03-21-2016, 09:37 PM
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Does anyone have any further updates or comments about the acceptance or opposition by the powers in charge or anything else about these meetings or discussion that may have occurred during them? I'm hoping for some position and encouraging comments that would show support for the proposal put forward in the EIS that would almost surely greatly improve the Lees Ferry fishery.
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