Westwater Issues New Reservation Permit System (UT)
Moab, Utah - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has changed the permit system on Westwater
Canyon for 2003. According to the BLM website (www.blm.gov/utah/moab/ww-info.html the permit
system was changed "in response to high cancellation rates associated with the annual
lottery over the last several years."
The BLM received 2500 permit applications and only issued 431 permits via the lottery this year, unfortunately there was a 60% attrition or cancellation rate during July-Sept. While 2002 was a low water year, this extremely high attrition rate has been representative of the past several "normal" water years.
The new system is in some ways a gamble; the BLM is waiting to see whether the streamlined application process is generally accepted and if it reduces the high percentage of cancellations during the summer. If the system proves efficient and meets the public's needs, then there is a possibility that the permit system may be used elsewhere.
Under the new system a permit is required year-round to run Westwater Canyon. Permits are issued only through advance reservation to individuals 18 years and older. The maximum group size is 25 people.
American Whitewater is optimistic about the new permit system, which has several interesting
Jason D. Robertson
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