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Adaptive Management Program Documents for Operations at Glen Canyon Dam
August 19, 2009
The documents of the Adaptive Management Program (AMP) for operations at Glen Canyon Dam (GCD) are provided here at On The Colorado as an alternative archive to the official web site maintained by the Bureau of Reclamation located here.
The program is charged by Congress to stop impairment of the biological and cultural resources of the Grand Canyon. The impairment is caused by hydropower operations at Glen Canyon Dam. These operations are to be modified by science and policy to improve national park values.
The main reason why we decided to provide this archive is the federal site does not contain a complete list of documents.
Though the AMP started formatively in 1995, the archive for AMWG (Adaptive Management Work Group) does not begin until 1997 and the TWG (Technical Work Group) archive begins in 1999.
Reclamation's site had a lot more broken links than it does today and has gradually improved the archive over time, so we appreciate these adjustments, but the missing years are...well...still missing.
They are not missing here at On The Colorado. However, you will notice that gaps remain, and when and if we acquire these documents, we will post them here.
Second, documents will be located on a single page in chronological order to eliminate unnecessary site surfing.
Third, sometimes the federal court system shuts down the web sites of the Department of Interior, so it is convenient to have this alternative site when that situation occurs.
An additional purpose is to demonstrate that some of the commitments this program is obligated to complete remain undone, or were completed after unreasonably long delays (or ironically fast-tracked). These include the annual report to Congress, integrating the Grand Canyon Protection Act (GCPA) into the Annual Operating Plan (AOP), completion of the temperature control device, reversing the persistent depletion of sediment, finalizing and implementing a programatic agreement with the tribes, implementing seasonally adjusted steady flows, finishing the Core Monitoring Plan, completing the socioeconomic analysis, and other matters.
You will also notice how unreasonable amounts of time are spent on meeting process rather than progress toward renewal of park resources, and that this obvious behavior is consistantly initiated by the protectors of hydropower revenues.
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REVIEWS BY NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
Adaptive Management Reviews: Susskind; Camacho; Fellers; Fellers Powerpoint; Lenard;Benenati;
Click here to read Environmental History of the Clorado River: A Changing Focus of Science. Bennati and Shannon.
2008 - Report to the Secretary's Designee on clarifications of roles in GCD Adaptive Management Program.
Click here to read a history of operations at GCD before Adaptive Management.
Click here to read letter by litigants about AMP to Secretary of Interior.
Click here for AMP primary documents not available on its web page.
2009 - List of extirpated species at Grand Canyon
2009 - Hydropower study by David Marcus. Table 1. Tables 2 and 3.
2010 - Desired Future Conditions
2010 - Answers from Grand Canyon Trust and National Parks and Conservation to Subcommittee Chairs Napolitano and Grijalva about AMP.
2011 - Testimony by Leslie James. CREDA.
January, 1994 - Draft Environmental Impact Statement on operations at GCD is published (Federal Notice).
March 21, 1994 - Final ruling on critical habitat for the endangered fish of the Colorado River.
November 9, 1994 - Non Use Economic Value Policy Analysis
December 21, 1994 - Biological Opinion (BO) of GCD for Modified Low Fluctuating Flow (MLFF), the preferred alternative of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on operations of GCD.
May 21, 1996 - The first AMWG Charter is presented (revised in 2006).
March 3, 1997 - Federal Register Notice that stipulates, among other things, that Congress will receive an annual report on the progress of fulfilling the requirements of the GCPA, and the Annual Operating Plan (AOP) process would include public participation in setting the operations at Glen Canyon Dam specific to fulfilling the mandates of the GCPA.
Draft 1998 Report to Congress is presented to AMP.
October 13, 1998 - Federal Register Notice on 4.5 foot extensions for spillway gates at Glen Canyon Dam.
October, 2001 - Comments on the recovery goals for endangered fish. Coggins and Gloss; GCMRC.
US Geological Survey Publications & here (October 2010)
2011 - Analysis of the 2000 low steady flow. Ralston.
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