Expanded Non-Native Aquatic Species Management Plan
The National Park Service (NPS) intends to prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA) under the provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for an Expanded Non-native Aquatic Species Management Plan in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Grand Canyon National Park below the Glen Canyon Dam. Your participation is vital to the planning process. There are many ways to be involved, including attending one of the public scoping open houses or on-line webinars. You can submit electronic or written comments (see newsletter document for more information). The public scoping period has been extended an additional 3 weeks. All scoping comments must be received by January 5, 2017.
In 2013, the NPS completed the Comprehensive Fish Management Plan (CFMP). The intent of that effort was to provide guidance for managing fish within the Colorado River and its tributaries from Glen Canyon Dam to Lake Mead. Since the completion of the CFMP and the 2016 Long Term Experimental and Management Plan (LTEMP) for Glen Canyon Dam operations, increases in potentially harmful non-native fish have been documented. This plan is intended to address this concern. The NPS is coordinating with the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), the Arizona Game and Fish Department, the US Fish and Wildlife Service and several other federal and non-federal cooperating agencies and traditionally associated tribes on this project.
Purpose and Need
The purpose of this action is to provide additional tools beyond what is available under the CFMP and the LTEMP, in order to allow the NPS to prevent, control, minimize or eradicate potentially harmful non-native aquatic species, or the risk associated with their presence or expansion, in the action area. The need for this action is due to the increase of green sunfish, brown trout and potential expansion or invasion of other harmful non-native aquatic species that threaten downstream native aquatic species including listed species or the Lees Ferry recreational rainbow trout fishery. These non-native species have become an increasing threat due to changing conditions since the completion of the 2013 NPS CFMP and the 2016 LTEMP. Existing measures may be inadequate to address potentially harmful non-native aquatic species.
Additional Public Scoping Meeting in Phoenix
We have added a public open house meeting in Phoenix, AZ on December 12. This is in addition to the webinar on November 28, the open house on December 6 in Page, AZ and the open house on December 7 in Flagstaff, AZ that are detailed in the attached newsletter.
December 12, 2017
6:00-8:30 pm MST
Public Open House
Arizona Game and Fish Department
5000 W Carefree Highway
Phoenix, AZ 85086
Rob Billerbeck, 303-987-6789