Work Group to Meet on Issues Related to Colorado River

Media Contact: Dennis Kubly, 801-524-3715
Stacey Carroll, 801-524-3813

For Release: November 02, 2006

The Technical Work Group (TWG) of the Adaptive Management Work Group (AMWG) is meeting November 8-9, 2006 in Phoenix, Ariz., addressing issues related to the Glen Canyon Adaptive Management Program and the Colorado River.

As a result of the heavy storms during the month of October, which deposited more than 1.3 million metric tons of sediment at the confluence of the Paria and Colorado Rivers, a proposal to conduct a Beach Habitat Building Flow (BHBF) will be discussed by the TWG. If BHBF experiments are implemented, they are intended to assist in the redistribution of sediment from tributary rivers downstream from Glen Canyon Dam to enlarge existing beaches and sandbars, create new ones, and create or restore back channel habitat for endangered fish.

Other agenda items include updates and discussions on the fish community below Glen Canyon Dam and in Grand Canyon, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Process for the Long-Term Experimental Plan, science plans and budget development for the upcoming AMWG meeting. The meeting is open to the public.

The TWG meets to discuss technical issues and to develop recommendations for use by the AMWG, a Federal Advisory Committee to the Secretary of the Interior on the operation of Glen Canyon Dam and management of downstream resources in Glen and Grand Canyons.

The TWG is a sub-committee of the AMWG and is comprised of technical representatives who represent members of the Adaptive Management Program. Responsibilities of the TWG include the development of criteria and standards for monitoring and research programs; provide periodic reviews and updates; and provide information, as necessary, to the AMWG.

The meetings will be held at Arizona State University Downtown Campus, on the first day from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. at the Bureau of Indian Affairs and conclude at 3 p.m. on the second day.

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