March 17, 2004
Ms. Nancy Coulam
Bureau of Reclamation
125 South State Street, Room 6103
Salt Lake City, UT 84138-1102
Via Fax: 801-524-5499
RE: Request for 30-day Extension of scoping comment period for Glen Canyon Dam Temperature Control Device Environmental Assessment.
Dear Ms. Coulam,
Living Rivers requests that the Bureau of Reclamation extend by 30 days, to May 2, 2004, the deadline for receipt of scoping comments for the Glen Canyon Dam Temperature Control Device Environmental Assessment.
This proposal by the Bureau represents one of the most unique and significant interventions into the Grand Canyon ecosystem at a time when a federally listed endangered fish, the humpback chub, is declining toward extirpation in Grand Canyon National park. Never before have such modifications been proposed for Glen Canyon Dam, nor temperature control experiments been undertaken in Grand Canyon. The public should be given sufficient time to comment.
Despite this significance, the public has received very little notification on the matter, and as of today, there is still no information pertaining to this scoping period on the Adaptive Management website.
Also, because of the recent disconnect of the Internet from various agencies of the Department of Interior, as ordered by Judge Royce Lamberth of the United States District Court, information access is now more limited and will delay full participation of the public.
Thank you for your attention to this matter.