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VICTORY! Supreme Court: Grand Canyon Uranium-Mining Ban Stands

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North Rim. Photo by Blake McCord

Dear James,

Ready for some good news? The Grand Canyon uranium ban stands!

After a protracted legal battle to defend the temporary ban on new uranium claims around the Grand Canyon from attacks by the mining industry, the highest court in the land has finally put the matter to rest. On Monday, the Supreme Court denied an industry challenge to a lower court’s decision upholding the ban. This puts an end to the legal battle to reopen about 1 million acres of public land around the Grand Canyon to new uranium mining. We’re deeply grateful for the government’s savvy and forceful efforts to defeat the mining industry’s lawsuit, from the trial court to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The culmination of years of hard work, this victory is shared — with the Havasupai Tribe who make their home at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, with hunting and angling groups, local governments, allies in Congress, and other partners. And we wouldn’t be here without the hundreds of thousands of concerned citizens like you who have raised their voices to protect the Grand Canyon. Thank you.

While this decision is a very big step in the right direction, our work isn’t over yet. The current administration could still decide to lift the ban. It has listed uranium as a “critical mineral” and the Department of Commerce is in the midst of developing a strategy to streamline access to critical mineral deposits, including uranium. The Department of Commerce is also investigating, at the request of two uranium companies, whether to recommend uranium import quotas. Both of these things have significant potential to add political pressure to lift the ban.

Who owns uranium claims around the Grand Canyon? There are more than 800 active mining claims around the Grand Canyon.

The mining industry promises to continue to advocate against the ban and some politicians openly call for the ban to be rescinded.

A U.S. Forest Service recommendation to review and revise the ban is still floating in the ether.

In a meeting last month, Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt told the Grand Canyon Trust that the agency currently has “no reason” to reconsider the ban. We’re very happy to hear this, of course, but we remain alert to the ever-shifting circumstances that could move this administration to give in to political pressure and open the door to attempts to weaken or lift the ban.

Thank you for your support over the last months and years, and for sticking with us for the long haul, working together to Keep the Canyon Grand.

Sincerely,

Amber Reimondo
Energy Program Director

P.S. While this is a critical win, we’re celebrating with vigilance. Pressure from the mining industry continues. Now is the time to double down on protections for the Grand Canyon. Donate to the Trust today.

Photo courtesy of Blake McCord.

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Phone: (928) 774-7488
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Grand Canyon River Guides has a new Email Newsletter. Become a member and stay on top of what is needed to keep the Canyon Grand!

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BOATMAN’S BETA

Heads up, all Canyon and River Advocates:

You may be aware of the recent move by this administration to de-fund the Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Program and the Upper Basin Fish Recovery Programs. You can learn more here:

http://www.knau.org/post/government-defunds-grand-canyon-scientific-research

http://www.knau.org/post/jobs-research-risk-after-government-defunds-grand-canyon-programs

Please be aware that the four environmental and recreational stakeholders within the Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Program (National Parks Conservation Association, Grand Canyon Wildlands Council, Grand Canyon River Guides, and Fly Fishers International/Trout Unlimited), along with 15 other allied organizations, have sent a joint letter to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), asking them to rescind the directive that would transfer $23 million dollars in Colorado River Storage Project (CRSP) revenues to the US Treasury, instead of supporting these critical programs.

We have submitted a similar letter to Congressional reps in regards to an amendment to an appropriations bill that would also restore those funds (in case the OMB doesn’t rescind its directive).

Other actions include:

  • Strong joint letters from the 7 Basin States (Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming).
  • A consensus motion passed by the Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Work Group (AMWG) at their recent meeting in Flagstaff expressing their concern about the redirection of CRSP revenues, and a recommendation that the Secretary of the Interior communicate to the OMB the concerns from the AMWG about adequate funding for these critically important programs, consistent with Congressional authorizations.
  • Other organizations are working on crafting their own letters.

GCRG is involved and taking action because:
1) Our primary goal is “Protect Grand Canyon.” This move by the OMB to essentially “de-fund” the science that serves as the foundation of the Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Program would put the future health of the Colorado River at risk.

2) GCRG was heavily involved in the passage of the Grand Canyon Protection Act of 1992 (Public Law 102-575) which directed the Secretary of the Interior to manage Glen Canyon Dam in such a way as to “protect, mitigate adverse impacts to and improve the values for which Grand Canyon National Park and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area were established.” We want to ensure that the mandates of this critical legislation can be fulfilled in the future.

3) GCRG has served as the recreational river running stakeholder within the Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Program since its inception (for over 20 years now) and we are invested in having that program continue to provide policy recommendations to the Secretary of the Interior based on best available science.

4) We recognize that the revenues must be restored so that these critical programs can continue. To fail to do so will have crippling basin-wide ramifications – legal, regulatory, and economic.

Here are some ways YOU can help:

  • Please thank Congressman Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ) for his support of Grand Canyon, including his support of our stance on the necessity of these critical programs and the science that fuels them.
  • Call your local representatives NOW to express concern about the defunding of science in Grand Canyon and the fish recovery programs in the Upper Basin. These are effective and successful regional programs that enjoy strong grassroots support! Many local and regional jobs are also at stake — the economic impact of the loss of $23 million would be significant and long lasting, negatively affecting jobs and livelihoods.
  • Provide feedback and express your grave concern to the Secretary of the Interior. Tell Secretary Zinke to please stand up for Grand Canyon and the Colorado River (and for science-based management), by ensuring that the OMB fully restores those CRSP revenues. The Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Program and the Upper Basin Fish Recovery Programs must continue their important work!

Thank you very much for your passionate stewardship of this iconic national treasure. We will let you know how things develop. On a positive note, the Bureau of Reclamation has expressed their commitment to providing some “bridge funding” until a long term solution is found. But for now, the future is quite uncertain….

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A Call for Presentation Proposals for the 2019 Grand Canyon History

A Call for Presentation Proposals for the 2019 Grand Canyon History Symposium

A Celebration of 100 Years of Grand Canyon National Park

The Grand Canyon Historical Society is pleased to announce the 5th Grand Canyon History Symposium, to be held February 20-24, 2019 at Grand Canyon’s South Rim. 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 Friday, May 4, 2018.

Background

Since January 2002, there have been four 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.

Grand Canyon National Park Focus

The 2019 Symposium Selection Committee will be reviewing presentation proposals with preference in selection given to those that tie into Grand Canyon National Park’s 100 years of history. Presentations concerning the history of the greater Grand Canyon and its adjacent areas within the Colorado Plateau will also be considered. Dates of the 2019 History Symposium presentations will be Thursday Feb. 21st, Friday Feb. 22nd and Saturday Feb 23rd.

Since the 2016 Symposium had a limited number of presenters, many who submitted were not selected. Candidates who were not chosen are encouraged to re-submit their proposals for the 2019 Symposium. Those who have presented or submitted proposals for the previous four Symposia are also encouraged to submit a new proposal.

Submitting a Proposal

To be considered, please submit the following information by Friday, May 4, 2018:

__ Name __ Mailing address __ Phone number(s) __ Email address

__ Presentation title with a 150-300 word abstract or summary of your presentation

__ 75 word bio

__ Audio-visual requirements

__ Acknowledgment that, if selected, you agree to submit your complete PowerPoint presentation, not to exceed 20 minutes, and up to 3,000 word presentation in essay form by Friday, January 11, 2019

Send to:

symposium@grandcanyonhistory.org (preferred)

or Grand Canyon Historical Society, PO Box 1667, Grand Canyon, AZ 86023

Notification of Proposals Selected

All individuals who submitted a proposal will be notified, regardless of selection, via email by Friday, May 25, 2018

Complete details and updates on the Symposium are available at http://www.GrandCanyonHistory.org.

Questions may be directed to:

Richard Quartaroli, Presenters Chair, at symposium@grandcanyonhistory.org or

Dave Mortenson, President, Grand Canyon Historical Society, at president@grandcanyonhistory.org.


If you have had Toliosis in the Grand Canyon, take this Survey

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
Epidemiologist
Coconino County Public Health Services District
2625 N. King Street, Flagstaff, AZ 86004
Phone: 928-679-7332


Erik Weihenmayer, is coming out with a new book, No Barriers: A Blind Man’s Journey to Kayak the Grand Canyon

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This Saturday, February 4th at the Tattered Cover Bookstore on East Colfax.

You know the Grand Canyon is an awesome place with the greatest whitewater in North America

You know that Erik is an amazing individual, and blind.

Combine the two and run the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon in a Kayak, blind.

See you there.

“More than a story about a blind man converting the improbable to the possible, this volume provides a powerful testament to the human spirit… Guaranteed to inspire.”


Get Your Comments in to Save the Gran Canyon from Development

 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!

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You only have until this Saturday, Sept 3 at 5:00 PM MT to help SAVE THE CONFLUENCE. Please SPEAK UP FOR GRAND CANYON!

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Dear James,
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 please submit comments and speak out against this terrible proposal before the deadline which is 5:00 PM this Saturday Sept. 3rd!! Please spread the word far and wide through email and social media! We need YOUR help!

1. READ THE 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.

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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.

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Have YOU sent in your personal comments yet? You must do it by this Saturday, Sept 3 at 5:00 PM, MT! Please act NOW!

Please follow Save the Confluence on Facebook. Thank you to Lynn Hamilton of Grand Canyon River Guides for the text of this alert.

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Urgent Action Needed By 9/2 to Save the Confluence of the Little Colorado and the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon

CALLING ALL CANYON & RIVER ADVOCATES — The unthinkable has happened. Legislation has been submitted within the

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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!!

Lynn Hamilton
Executive Director
Grand Canyon River Guides