National Park Service Expanded Non-native Aquatic Species Management Plan and EA

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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. [1]

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Updates

News Release Date: November 28, 2017

Since publishing the newsletter, we received requests from several individuals and organizations for an additional meeting in Phoenix and an extension of the scoping period for the EA. Your participation is important to us, so we have added a meeting on the evening of December 12th in Phoenix at the headquarters of Arizona Game and Fish Department, our cooperating agency on this project. We are also extending the scoping period another three weeks to Friday January 5, 2018.

Here are the details for the additional meeting:

Public Open House

Arizona Game and Fish Department, Quail Room, 5000 W Carefree Highway, Phoenix, AZ 85086, December 12, 2017, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

News Release Date: November 15, 2017

  • Contact: Mary Plumb, GCNRA, 928-608-6202
  • Contact: Kirby-Lynn Shedlowski, GCNP, 928-638-7958

The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking public input on an Expanded Non-native Aquatic Species Management Plan and Environmental Assessment (EA) in Grand Canyon National Park (GCNP) and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (GCNRA) below the Glen Canyon Dam. Public scoping will be held for a 30-day period from November 15 to December 14.

Control measures for expanded non-native aquatic species are needed due to the increase of green sunfish, brown trout and the potential for other harmful non-native aquatic species that threaten downstream native and listed threatened and endangered aquatic species. These non-native species have become an increasing threat from changing conditions since the completion of the 2013 NPS Comprehensive Fish Management Plan (CFMP) and the 2016 Long-Term Experimental and Management Plan (LTEMP).

To assist the public in understanding the proposed action and providing comments, the NPS is hosting various meetings to present information on the plan. Those meetings include:

Public Webinar:

Open Houses:

  • GCNRA Headquarters, 691 Scenic View Drive, December 6, 6 to 8:30 pm
  • Flagstaff Aquaplex, 1702 N. Fourth Street, December 7, 6 to 8:30 pm

The scoping open houses will include a presentation, and NPS staff will be available to answer questions. Comments will be particularly useful that address the proposed action, environmental issues that should be addressed, potential alternatives, and sources of data that should be considered.

The project summary and associated documents can be found online at: https://parkplanning.nps.gov/Expanded_Nonnative.

Scoping serves as an opportunity to engage the public early in the planning process as the NPS develops the range of alternatives for the Environmental Assessment (EA). Once the EA is complete, the NPS will offer another public comment period.

Public scoping comments may be submitted electronically at: https://parkplanning.nps.gov/Expanded_Nonnative (preferred method). Written comments will be accepted at the public scoping open houses (computers or note cards will be available). Written comments may also be submitted to:

ATTN: Kirk LaGory
Expanded Non-native Aquatic Species Management Plan
Argonne National Laboratory
9700 South Cass Avenue—EVS/240
Argonne, Illinois 60439

Comments will not be accepted verbally or by fax, email, or in any way other than those specified above. Bulk comments in any format (hard copy or electronic) submitted on behalf of others will not be accepted. Public scoping comments should be submitted no later than December 14, 2017. [2]


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