$70 to visit Grand Canyon? There is a 30 days comment period underway right now where the public (and that means you) can weigh in on a significant entrance fee proposal that would affect a number of national parks including Grand Canyon. See this link for details and to access the website for submitting comments. https://www.nps.gov/…/1…/10-24-2017-fee-changes-proposal.htm
Will lower income and under-served populations be priced out? Shouldn’t national parks be affordable and accessible to everyone? But how do we pay for the massive maintenance backlog that exists in our national parks? Our parks belong to ALL Americans, not just those who visit them, and our administration should be boosting park budgets, not cutting them. Congress should also support the bipartisan legislation introduced specifically to address the NPS maintenance backlog — the National Parks Legacy Act (HR 2584 and SB 751) which is currently pending.
Also, please read these related blogs from our good friends at the National Parks Conservation Association:
“We should not increase fees to such a degree as to make these places — protected for all Americans to experience — unaffordable for some families to visit,” NPCA president and CEO Theresa Pierno said in a statement. “The solution to our parks’ repair needs cannot and should not be largely shouldered by its visitors.”
The Coconino County Public Services Health District is working to identify how tolio is and has been affecting river runners. A survey for do-it-yourself river runners has been set up to get your feedback on this condition that can impact river runners feet and hands.
Please click on the link below and fill out the survey if you have ever had the skin affliction commonly being referred to as tolio. The purpose of this survey is to get some baseline information about how tolio has recently been affecting people.
Here is the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DIY-tolio
For additional information, contact
Matthew Maurer, MPH, REHS
Coconino County Public Health Services District
2625 N. King Street, Flagstaff, AZ 86004
You only have until this Saturday, Sept 3 TODAY at 5:00 PM MT to help SAVE THE CONFLUENCE. Please SPEAK UP FOR GRAND CANYON!
Urgent Action Needed By 9/2 to Save the Confluence of the Little Colorado and the Colorado River in the Grand CanyonPosted: August 30, 2016
CALLING ALL CANYON & RIVER ADVOCATES — The unthinkable has happened. Legislation has been submitted within the
Navajo Nation for the Grand Canyon Escalade proposal (421 acres of development above the sacred confluence of the Little Colorado and Colorado Rivers, with a gondola/tramway that could bring 10,000 people down to river level PER DAY). If approved, this massive development would FOREVER CHANGE GRAND CANYON!
EVERYONE should submit comments and speak out against this terrible proposal before the deadline which is 5:00 PM this Friday, Sept 2nd!! Please spread the word far and wide through email and social media! We need YOUR help!
1. READ THIS HORRIBLE LEGISLATIVE PROPOSAL AT http://www.navajonationcouncil.org/Legislations/2016/AUG/0293-16.pdf
2. SIGN THE PETITION AGAINST THIS PROPOSAL! The petition link can be found at www.savetheconfluence.com (and please encourage others to support and follow the STC Facebook page, sign up for email alerts, etc.)
3. COMMENT DIRECTLY TO THE NAVAJO NATION! You can email directly to comments or you can mail comments to: Executive Director Office of Legislative Services P.O. Box 3390 Window Rock, AZ 86515 (928) 871-7590. Comments may be made in the form of chapter resolutions, letters, position papers, etc. Please include your name, position title, address for written comments; a valid e-mail address is required. Anonymous comments will not be included in the Legislation packet.
For a 2 page summary of the proposed legislation: http://www.grandcanyontrust.org/sites/default/files/gc_Confluence_Partners_Escalade.pdf
For more information on what’s at stake: http://www.grandcanyontrust.org/stopping-grand-canyon-escalade
And also: http://savetheconfluence.com/news/proposed-grand-canyon-escalade-bill-starts-move/
The bottom line is:
· This is GRAND CANYON – one of the seven NATURAL wonders of the world. If the Navajo Nation government approves this development, the integrity of values for which Grand Canyon was created will be severely compromised and degraded FOREVER.
· The Little Colorado River corridor and its confluence with the Colorado River is culturally and spiritually significant to ALL of the affiliated tribes who hold Grand Canyon sacred.
· A fragile, delicately balanced ecosystem is at stake. Proposed development raises serious questions about water, sewage, noise, impacts to endangered species (such as the humpback chub that spawn in the Little Colorado River), dark skies and wilderness values.
Nothing less than the future of Grand Canyon is at stake. We support the tireless efforts of SAVE THE CONFLUENCE and all those who adamantly oppose this massive development. Grand Canyon River Guides’ mission statement states: “We will act whenever a canyon natural resource is threatened or the quality of the Grand Canyon experience is compromised.” STAND WITH US AND TAKE ACTION NOW!!! Canyon and river stewards unite!!
Grand Canyon River Guides
Arizona Voters Overwhelmingly Support Grand Canyon National Monument, New Poll Finds
Flying in the face of those who claim it would be unpopular to give the greater Grand Canyon watershed national monument status, a new nonpartisan poll finds that not only is there tremendous support for it but that it cuts across geographical and political lines.
“The results were overwhelming, and they demonstrated both strong and broad support [in] Arizona,” says Dave Metz of the research firm Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates, which polled hundreds of Arizona voters in January.
The pollsters discovered that 80 percent of Arizona voters support or strongly support the Grand Canyon National Heritage Monument, as outlined in a bill U.S. Congressman Raul Grijalva submitted to the U.S. House of Representatives last year.
Grijalva brought together a broad coalition of native tribes, environmental groups, and local stakeholders to design the bill, which if passed, would permanently protect 1.7 million acres of land and prevent any new uranium mines.
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“More than half of Arizonans say more needs to be done to protect air, land, and water around the Grand Canyon, and they clearly see establishing that monument as an effective way of reaching that goal,” Metz says, adding that “the sentiment that the area around the Grand Canyon needs protection has grown over time.”
A similar poll conducted in 2009 found only 43 percent of people supported it, and a poll last year found that 73 percent of Arizonans support it.
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Local native tribes and environmental groups have talked about wanting national monument status for the Grand Canyon for years, and Grijalva’s efforts to make it a reality have solicited nothing short of a political firestorm among enemies of the bill.
Leading the charge is U.S. Congressman Paul Gosar, who has railed against the monument proposal for months. Gosar claims it would cost hundreds of jobs, destroy the local economy, and hinder sportsmen or other recreational users of the area.
|U.S. Congressman Raul Grijalva
Courtesy of Raul Grijalva
In an interview earlier this year, Grijalva told New Times that Gosar’s “opposition is based on myths” and that he “needs to own up to the fact that he’s on the fringe of every public-land argument we have in this country.”
The benefit of this, Grijalva explained, helps “put the opposition of some in context with many . . . It’s important to deal with what the public wants and thinks, as opposed to letting this discussion be mired in half-truths, false information, and the sheer cry from opposition that doesn’t represent the vast majority of the people in Arizona.”
Both Metz and Grijalva say they were impressed by the broad appeal of the monument, as men and women across the state expressed support for the idea of national monuments in general and the Grand Canyon monument in particular.
According to the poll results, there is support for the Grand Canyon monument among:
- 76 percent of men and 84 percent of women,
- 65 percent of registered Republicans, 84 percent of independents, and 95 percent of Democrats,
- 78 percent of people living in Congressional District 1, which is where the proposed monument would be,
- 79 percent of white voters, 86 percent of Latino voters, and 87 percent of all voters of color, including Native Americans,
- 81 percent of people living in urban areas, 83 percent in suburban areas, 79 percent in small towns, and 73 percent in rural areas,
- And 76 percent of hunters and anglers.
Unlike past polls, this most recent one also asked voters how their opinion of elected officials could be influenced by a vote for or against the monument:
“Voters were three times as likely to say they would support a politician who backed the establishment of the monument,” Metz says. “So not only do voters indicate that it’s a good idea, but they say that they’ll be more supportive of members of Congress who act to make the monument reality.”
Last year, Grijalva, along with Arizona U.S. Representatives Ann Kirkpatrick and Ruben Gallego, authored a public letter detailing their support for the monument. In the months since, however, Kirkpatrick has distanced herself from that stance, explaining that she’s still considering the statements of many local stakeholders.
But with public opinion clearly on his side, Grijalva says he’s ready to continue the fight: “As we go forward, we have strong support from the people in Arizona, the first nations most affected by this monument designation, [as well as] hunters and anglers and people that use our public land.
“I think we can start to put aside the shrill debate that occurs on this issue” and start taking “the steps to build public support.”
A call for presentation proposals for the 2016 Grand Canyon History Symposium
An Official Centennial Event, as sanctioned by the National Park Service Centennial 2016 Committee!
The Grand Canyon Historical Society is pleased to announce the 4th Grand Canyon History Symposium, to be held on November 4-6, 2016. We encourage everyone who has done research on (or been a part of) Grand Canyon regional history to consider presenting. Proposals must be received by Tuesday, March 1, 2016.
Since January 2002, there have been three history symposia, bringing together historians, witnesses to history, park employees, and others with a passion for Grand Canyon history. The presentations from each symposium were assembled into a collection of essays. It is the Grand Canyon Historical Society’s intent to publish the proceedings from this symposium as well.
National Park Service Focus
The 2016 Symposium will be unique in that there will only be 16 presentations with preference in selecting presentations given to those that tie Grand Canyon National Park to the National Park Service. Presentations concerning the history of the greater Grand Canyon and its adjacent areas within the Kaibab Plateau will also be considered.
After the 2016 Symposium, the one hundredth anniversary of Grand Canyon National Park will occur in 2019. It is anticipated that the 2019 Symposium will be a three day event with over 40 presentations. Candidates who are not chosen for the 2016 symposium will be encouraged to re-submit their proposals for the 2019 Symposium.
Submitting a Proposal
To be considered, please submit the following information by Tuesday, March 1, 2016:
__ Name __ Mailing address __ Phone number __ Email address
__ Presentation title with a 150-300 word abstract or summary of your presentation
__ Audio-visual requirements
__ Acknowledgement that, if selected, you agree to submit your complete PowerPoint presentation and up to 3,000 word presentation in essay form by Saturday, October 15, 2016
Grand Canyon Historical Society or: Secretary
PO Box 31405
Flagstaff, AZ 86003-1405
High-Flows Part of Proposed 20-Year Glen Canyon Dam Management Plan
By Ryan Heinsius • 14 hours ago
Federal officials have proposed a sweeping new plan to manage Glen Canyon Dam for the next two decades. They want to be more proactive in their efforts to restore fish and animal habitat as well as beaches that have degraded in the Grand Canyon since the dam became operational in the 1960s. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports.
Glen Canyon Dam blocks nearly 90 percent of the sediment that historically ran through the Grand Canyon.
The U.S. Department of the Interior conducted three experiments in recent years to rebuild those areas on the Colorado River. Each time, the agency released millions of gallons of water from the dam over the course of several days to flush sediment through the canyon. It’s an attempt to mimic the river’s natural floods, and federal officials say the flows have been mostly successful.
Beverley Heffernan with the Bureau of Reclamation says the plan would continue those high flows annually for 20 years.
“The whole idea is that we constantly want to be trying to operate Glen Canyon Dam in a manner that continues to meet our water and power obligations, but also wherever we can, helps do an even better job of protecting and improving the resources downstream,” Heffernan says.
The Colorado River provides water for western agriculture and millions of households. Glen Canyon Dam generates enough power for about 425,000 homes every year.
Federal officials will hold public meetings for the proposal, and a comment period lasts until April.