GCNP: Lawsuit Settlement Summary and Goals

Posted: 01/17/2002
by Jason Robertson

Lawsuit Settlement Summary and Terms

Settlement Accomplishments
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ACCOMPLISHMENTS - The settlement:

  • Benefits the public by getting the agency's planning back on track quickly.
  • Affirms the public's voice by law under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
  • Allocates unused primary season commercial use days to the private boating community use in the secondary seasons through 2005.
  • Promises citizens a new river management plan by the end of 2004.
  • Ensures that controversial helicopter landings in the Canyon will be reassessed.
  • Ensures a complete review of the impacts of motorized water craft.
  • Protects our option to sue in the event the Park Service reneges on the agreement.
  • Allows existing outfitter contracts to be extended for as long as three years while the new management policies are developed.
  • Is not an admission of wrong-doing by the Park Service.
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REQUIREMENTS - The settlement requires the Park Service to:

  • Provide a no-motors river management alternative in the CRMP EIS.
  • Fund and commence river management planning within four months.
  • Reassess commercial and private boater use levels and allocation.
  • Hold public river management meetings in at least four major cities.
  • Assess the range of public services provided by concession outfitters.
  • File a notice of intent to revise the Backcountry Management Plan including use in proposed wilderness areas.
  • Pay plaintiffs' attorney fees.
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OBJECTIVES - Lawsuit Objectives

  • An order to restart the CRMP.
  • An order to comply with applicable law: Organic Act, Wilderness Act, NPS Concessions Policy Act, Administrative Procedures Act, Management Polices, management plans, and Director's Orders.
  • The reduction or elimination of non-conforming uses in potential or proposed Wilderness areas (motorized rafts, helicopter exchanges).
  • The equitable reallocation of permits between the commercial and private sector and a mechanism for their distribution.
  • Payment of attorney's fees.
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Jason D. Robertson
635 Joseph Cir
Golden, CO 80403-2349