No discussion of Grand Canyon is complete without at least a tip of the hat to the Colorado River—the primary carver of the Canyon and the lifeblood of its diverse ecosystem. Beyond the river’s role as a natural and cultural resource, it provides the splash in a world-class whitewater experience. This is a river that wears many hats. And for every hat there are highly engaged constituents, advocates, and user groups that have a large stake in its management.
After years of research, public meetings, and high-profile policy making, Grand Canyon National Park has released the much anticipated final environmental impact statement (FEIS) to revise the Colorado River Management Plan (CRMP). This document will regulate the use of the Colorado River through Grand Canyon for decades to come.