All 45 critical beaches in the three designated reaches of the
Colorado River in Grand Canyon were once again “adopted”
by guides in 1997 for our photo-matching beach monitoring program.
During the past year, André Potochnik has been representing
recreational river running interests in the Adaptive Management
and Technical Work Groups established as part of the long term monitoring
program by the Grand Canyon Protection Act of 1992. The Adopt-a-Beach
program has therefore gained new meaning and has augmented its role
in providing crucial information on the state of the beaches in
the riverine corridor. The analysis of the data from the 1997 river
season is currently in the works and should prove interesting in
light of the steady high flows implemented last spring, and the
subsequent tributary flooding during the monsoon season.
We would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all the
guides who participated in our program last year. The photographs,
along with your personal comments, have helped us immeasurably with
the analysis and interpretation of the data. Many guides attending
the recent gts have been generous enough to volunteer for the program
once again. If you haven't yet signed up, there are plenty
of beaches left, so get one (or two) now before your season starts!
You can contact the gcrg office and we'll set you up with
everything you need.
We'd also like to extend our thanks to the individuals and
organizations that have provided financial support for the Adopt-a-Beach
program. Their assistance coupled with the efforts of the guides
volunteering for the program provides us with the means to become
a more influential voice in dam management, and allows us to work
towards our goal of conserving sand bar habitat in Grand Canyon.