Colorado River Management Plan
GCRG has been actively involved in the revision of the Colorado River Management Plan throughout the EIS process, and currently during the implementation phase. As an organization dedicated to preserving Grand Canyon and the visitor experience, our direct and ongoing involvement has been critical. Although GCRG did not agree with the increase in use engendered by the CRMP, once the EIS was finalized, we lent our support to Grand Canyon National Park to ensure a successful implementation of the plan. GCRG is fully invested in providing the NPS with input that will help them best manage and protect their resources for the life of the plan.
Official GCRG comments:
- Proposed rule change comments, 2009
- Historic Properties Monitoring & Management Plan, 2008
- Visitor Experience Monitoring Plan, 2007
- Cultural Resources Programmatic Agreement, 2005
- Comments on Draft EIS for the Colorado River Management Plan
River Courtesy Flyer: (pdf) This joint endeavor between GCRG and the Grand Canyon Private Boaters Association is an outstanding educational tool designed to improve communication and understanding among all river users in order to alleviate crowding and congestion and improve the river experience for everyone. River Courtesy Flyers are included in all private permitee packets sent out by Grand Canyon National Park as well as at Lees Ferry.
Amicus Brief in support of Grand Canyon National Park: As the court reviewed the appeal from River Runners for Wilderness, GCRG and the Grand Canyon River Runners Association (commercial passengers) were included in an Amicus Brief in support of the NPS (plus intervenors Grand Canyon Private Boaters Association and the Grand Canyon River Outfitters Association) for the continuation of the Colorado River Management Plan. GCRG's diverse Board of Directors was unanimous in their support of Grand Canyon National Park because they felt the CRMP needed to be given a chance to work. The 9th circuit court has since upheld their earlier ruling in favor of the NPS in the River Runners for Wilderness v Steve Martin/NPS lawsuit. The court concluded that the plaintiffs have failed to establish that the Park Service acted arbitrarily and capriciously when it adopted the 2006 Management Plan.