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

Tucson