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3/27/2013 6:00:00 AM
Letter: Speak up for the parks

When you think about recreation and the Colorado River, it's likely in connection with one of the nine national parks and recreation areas defined by the river, including the Grand Canyon, Glen Canyon Dam Recreation Area and Lake Mead Recreation Area.

The Bureau of Reclamation's Colorado River Basin Water Demand and Supply Study - www.usbr.gov/lc/region/programs/crbstudy/finalreport/index.html - analyzed potential water demand and supply scenarios for the Colorado River basin through 2060 and is crucial to understanding the future for cities, agriculture, hydropower, recreation and the environment of the basin.

Yet the basin's national parks received inadequate representation.

Our national parks must be an important part of Colorado River management.

Please let your voice be heard before public comment ends on April 19. You can email comments to ColoradoRiverBasinStudy@usbr.gov or register for an April 3 webinar: www.usbr.gov/lc/region/programs/crbstudy.html.

Kevin Dahl

Arizona Program Manager

National Parks Conservation Association


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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, March 28, 2013
Article comment by: mr. parker

I don't understand the point of your letter.They've been working on this for 3 years and now you're stating the basin's national parks received inadequate representation. Didn't your group get involved with this in the beginning?

Grand Canyon, Lake Mead, and Glen Canyon are all involved with this study because the Colorado River passes through them.

I actually looked at that God awful government website and of course, it was confusing with pie in the sky powerpoint conclusions about using icebergs and weather modification to help restore water supplies, along with common sense actions that we already have in place.
Their conclusions extrapolate data into the year 2060, which would be about how long it would take to build desalination plants which actually might be feasible, if groups like yours wouldn't file lawsuits one after the other.

Then I looked at your website and realized that your group seems like an elitist DC based environmental group that would lock up as much of the country as you can and deny everyone in the Great Basin from ranchers, miners and tribes from using a very scarce resource.

Posted: Thursday, March 28, 2013
Article comment by: Doing Research


I appreciate the sentiment, and agree with you. However, do realize that AZ is the same place that thought the Feds had such a stranglehold on the national parks, and that their environmental protection so severe, that it was preventing honest, hard-working Americans from taking jobs strip-mining that land?

Seriously, someone introduced a law to take protected federal lands back so they could be exploited. I wish you luck in your policy push here.

Posted: Thursday, March 28, 2013
Article comment by: So Un- Informed

Yes, I'm concerned that we will have a sufficient drinking water supply, as well as a sufficient recreational water supply in our families' futures, but what are the issues? Sorry, I don't know.

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