CRMP draft due by June<br>
“Everyone agreed that the system is flawed,” he said. “Some people on the list will have to wait a decade or more for a permit. We’re tackling the process of how private boaters get permits.”
The plan is intended to establish appropriate levels and types of use – essentially the river’s carrying capacity – in terms of the physical and social impacts that usage levels will have on resources and on visitor experience. It will also set policy on how capacity is allocated.
The draft EIS will feature a list of alternatives, including the impact of making no changes and the park’s preferred alternative.
“We’ll analyze each of these in relation to visitor experience and the impact on cultural and natural resources,” Cross said.
Along with comments from the public, drafters of the plans are incorporating input gleaned from area Native American tribes. While only the Hualapai tribe is included as a cooperative agency, Cross said the team is consulting with all tribes.
“In the fall, we’ll finalze the EIS and issue a record of decision by December,” he said. The plan will have two components, he said – one covering from Lees Ferry to Diamond Creek and one for the lower gorge, from Diamond Creek to Lake Mead.
The CRMP has been under revision since the mid-1990s with the latest efforts beginning in earnest in 2002 following a lawsuit filed by the Grand Canyon Private Boaters Association (GCPBA)to move the process along.
Details on the plan and answers to frequently-asked questions can be found on the Web at www.nps.gov/grca/crmp/index.