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Glen Canyon Dam Long-Term Experimental and Management Plan & Environmental Impact Statement

October 18, 2011
by John Weisheit

It is apparrent that the seven basin states and the advocates for maximum hydropower revenue remain resistant to the Grand Canyon Protection Act of 1992. This essentially means that water molecules and electrons are more important than the Grand Canyon.

Once again, any discussion of dam decommissioning has been eliminated from the EIS process. However, excessive human consumption is performing so well that Lakes Mead and Powell should be empty in no time.

In the meantime, the "water buffalos" continue to pray for rain because it is the only response they have left, having squandered 70-years of opportunity to amend this situation that the "water owls" said would be their 21st century inheritance.

The current state of ocean temperatures in the Atlantic and the Pacific are in charge of the climate regime of aridity for the moment, if not for the rest of the century. If the foretold watershed train wreck does indeed occur, the recalcitrant western states deserve the consequences of their poor performance and behavior.

CLICK HERE to read Final LTEMP DEIS comments by Living Rivers, et al., posted on May 9, 2016.

DISCUSSIONS OF ALTERNATIVES WITH ADAPTIVE MANAGEMENT MEMBERS

 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (click here): July 2, 2012 is deadline for additional comments on proposed alternatives and there is a two day meeting beginning August 22nd with the federal scientists of the Adaptive Management Program in FLagstaff.

Note: This meeting was postponed. Letters submitted included the following:

LETTERS OF CONCERN FROM LIVING RIVERS TO SECRETARY SALAZAR

  • Click here to download a letter from Living Rivers and presented to Secretary Salazar on Monday April 2, demanding his immediate intervention on the handling of the LTEMP EIS.
  • Click here to download Salazar's response to Living Rivers letter of  Monday April 2, demanding his immediate intervention on the handling of the LTEMP EIS.
  • Click here to download the LRs' response to Salazat on May 27. 2012, demanding again his immediate intervention on the handling of the LTEMP EIS.
  • Living Rivers' scoping letter

LTEMP EIS Upcoming Public Meetings and Webinars to Discuss Alternatives

The public is invited to participate in a two-day meeting on alternatives being considered for inclusion in the Glen Canyon Dam Long Term Experimental and Management Plan Environmental Impact Statement (LTEMP EIS) being prepared by the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) and the National Park Service (NPS). The meeting will be held on April 4 and 5 at the High Country Conference Center located at 201 West Butler Avenue, Flagstaff, AZ 86001. The meeting is tentatively scheduled for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

The preliminary draft alternatives being considered for evaluation will be presented and discussed at this meeting hosted by Reclamation and the NPS. Stakeholders and other attendees who have alternatives to propose should bring those ideas to the meeting. PowerPoint slides and posters are welcome. To be added to the agenda, register for the meeting as explained below, provide your email address, and indicate that you will be presenting an alternative.

Those wishing to attend the meeting are encouraged to register through the LTEMP EIS Web site at http://ltempeis.anl.gov/involve/pubschedule/, but registration is not required.

Alternatives to be considered in the EIS must meet the purpose and need of the LTEMP. The EIS will document and evaluate the impacts of the alternatives carried forward for analysis. 

WEBINARS

http://ltempeis.anl.gov/involve/pubschedule/

Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 1:00pm to 3:00pm Mountain Daylight Time
URL for meeting:
https://doilearn.webex.com/doilearn/j.php?J=685259744&PW=NNWI3N2QxOTY2
Meeting number: 685 259 744
Register for Meeting

Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 6:00pm to 8:00pm Mountain Daylight Time
URL for meeting:
https://doilearn.webex.com/doilearn/j.php?J=684486224&PW=NZjQ1MGY5ZjFk
Meeting number: 684 486 224
Register for Meeting

Note: The public scoping period was closed on January 31, 2012 

List of letters from participating organizations

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Argonne National Laboratory will prepare the EIS and the website is located HERE.

 SCOPING COMMENTS are due January 31, 2012. The date was extended from the original due date of December 30, 2011. 

Here is how or where to submit comments:

  • Website: http://ltempeis.anl.gov. (the preferred method)
  • Mail: Glen Canyon LTEMP EIS Scoping, Argonne National Laboratory, EVS/240, 9700 S. Cass Avenue, Argonne, IL 60439. 
DOCUMENTS OF THE SUSPENDED EIS OF 2007
  • Talking Points: Click here to read the scoping document of Living Rivers, Colorado Riverkeeper and the Center for Biological Diversity from the suspended EIS of 2007 called Long-Term Experimental Plan (LTEP).
  • More talking points: Click here to read the 2005 scoping document of Living Rivers & Colorado Rivekeeper.
  • And more talking points: Click here to read scoping document asking for a Supplemental EIS in 2004.
DOCUMENTS OF THE SUSPENDED EIS OF 2007
  • Click here to visit the web site of the suspended LTEP EIS of 2007.
  • Click here to read the legal settlement agreement that launched the LTEP EIS of 2007, which was ultimately suspended by the Department of Interior.

CITIZEN'S GUIDES TO NEPA

PROJECT LEADS

PUBLIC RELATIONS

SCOPING DOCUMENTS
The scoping meetings were conducted in November of 2011.

ON THE COLORADO ARTICLES ABOUT GC DAM

BASELINE DATA (Department of Interior)

DESIRED FUTURE CONDITIONS

SCIENCE DOCUMENTS

ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENTS (Recent)

CRITIQUES OF THE ADAPTIVE MANAGMENT PROGRAM

  • To read objective evaluations of the Adaptive Management Program Click here (Susskind) and  here (Camacho) and here (Fellers). 
  • Fellers' summary as a powerpoint presentation is here.
  • Click here to read report by Lenard.
THE DAM DECOMMISSIONING ALTERNATIVE

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