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Old 07-14-2012, 12:36 PM
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This forum is for discussing the Colorado River news and issues. We all care very much for this treasured resource. There has been and continue to be public discussions, political and otherwise about the Colorado River. This is the place for news, information, updates, etc...
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Old 01-13-2013, 01:18 PM
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News at Lees Ferry and the Colorado River

For supporters of the Lees Ferry fishery it’s time for an update on what’s been happening with the Glen Canyon Adaptive Management Work Group (AMWG) and the associated Technical Work Group (TWG) and what lies ahead for 2013. In 2011 and 2012 the completion and implementation of the Non Native Fish Control and High Flow Experimental Protocol Environmental Assessments provided the opportunity for formal comments by anglers and other interested parties. That very important support was received and appreciated.

The first of a planned series of high flow events for the Colorado River took place in November 2012. The initial proposed flow levels surrounding the high flow event were at such a low level as to raise concerns about damaging the aquatic food base for both native and nonnative fish. With the support of angling representatives and other stakeholders and the engagement of the Bureau of Reclamation agreement was successfully achieved on revising upward the pre and post flood flow levels. Future high flow events are dependent on the amount of sediment that flows into the River from tributaries and is available for downriver transport. The high flows produce complex results affecting beaches, sandbars, aquatic food base, trout and native fish. Extensive monitoring is occurring to evaluate the effectiveness and practicality of future high flow events. The results of the monitoring will influence the angling community’s position on subsequent proposed high flows.

The Nonnative Fish Control EA includes population triggers for Humpback Chub. Currently the chub population is above the trigger level for considering fish control actions on the resident rainbow trout. Additionally, nonnative fish control actions are presently in a state of limbo resulting from the confirmed appearance of whirling disease among a sample of the rainbow trout population. We anticipate, for a number of reasons, that the need or absence of need for nonnative fish control will remain a major issue of contention for the foreseeable future and one that the angling community should expect to be an issue of concern. Proposals under consideration for using dam water flows to limit reproduction and/or recruitment of rainbow trout are of particular concern and will require close scrutiny.

During 2012 work was initiated on a Long Term Experimental and Management Plan Environmental Impact Statement (LTEMP) and an associated comprehensive fishery management plan for the Colorado River between Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Mead. The LTEMP when completed will determine Glen Canyon Dam operations for the next fifteen to twenty years. Although on a fast track schedule it will be later this year before a LTEMP draft will be available for public comment. The fishery management plan is being prepared by Grand Canyon National Park and Glen Canyon National Recreational Area. That plan should be presented for public comment in the near future. Fishing representatives led a joint effort of interested and impacted parties in presenting a suggested comprehensive fishery management plan to the Park Service, which will be used to evaluate the draft plan.

The EA, EIS and plan documents as they are developed and implemented have a direct impact on the fishery. Other regular and recurring AMWG and TWG activities while fairly routine and internal also affect the fishery through budget appropriations for research, monitoring and management activities. When the fishery management plan and the LTEMP are completed they will be of critical importance to the future of the Colorado River fishery for both native and nonnative fish. Both the fishery plan and the LTEMP will be put out for public comment in their final versions. At that time the angling community’s active participation in the public comment process will be required and most important.

Recently there has been an addition for representing recreational fishing at the AMWG/TWG. John Hamill, a Flagstaff resident with an extensive background of research and science experience in the Colorado River fishery, is now working alongside Jerry and John. For additional information or to be copied when documents are available you may email AMWG/TWG recreational fishing representatives: John Jordan jcjordan1@cox.net or Jerry Myers gmyers12@msn.com or John Hamill hamilldsrt50@msn.com

Your continued interest and support is greatly appreciated!
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Old 01-13-2013, 05:31 PM
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That's very cool Jerry. Thanks for the update. Are there any Humback Chub in the Glenn Canyon Rec area or are they all below near the Little Colorodo confluence? I imagine it is too cold in Glenn Canyon Rec. People don't realize that two parks are right together...one is a recreation park and the other is the Grand Canyon..... starting at the bridge. It's got to be a tricky situation. I would have loved to be with JW Powell on that first voyage!!!

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