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Committee NameGlen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Work GroupAgency NameDepartment of the Interior
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number5163
Original Establishment Date10/30/1992Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*26
Current Charter Date9/19/2019Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Regional Director
Date Of Renewal Charter9/19/2021Designated Federal Officer PrefixMr.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Brent
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameC
Specific Termination AuthorityPublic Law 102-575Designated Federal Officer Last Name*Esplin
Establishment Authority*Authorized by LawDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Grand Canyon Protection Act (Public Law 102-575)Designated Federal Officer Phone*(801) 524-3600
Effective Date Of Authority*10/30/1992Designated Federal Officer Fax*(801) 524-3855
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*Scientific Technical Program Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The purpose of the Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Work Group (AMWG) is to establish and implement long-term monitoring programs and activities that will ensure that Glen Canyon Dam is operated in a manner consistent with that of section 1802 of the Grand Canyon Protection Act. The AMWG accomplishes its work by taking action on recommendations from its technical subcommittee, reviewing scientific results provided by the Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center, and evaluating assessments conducted by the Science Advisors (under contract to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation). In addition, stakeholders and other entities involved in conducting research provide documents and make presentations to the AMWG. With these levels of review and involvement, the AMWG is able to provide well informed recommendations to the Secretary of the Interior. The AMWG responds accordingly to challenges being faced in operating Glen Canyon Dam by making recommendations to the Secretary of the Interior through the Secretary's Designee, the Assistant Secretary for Water and Science.
How is membership balanced?*The Glen Canyon Dam Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) prepared in March 1995 identified the AMWG membership as: (1) representation from each of the cooperating agencies associated with the EIS, (2) representatives from each of the Colorado River Basin States, and (3) two representatives each from environmental groups, recreation interests, and contractors from Federal power from Glen Canyon Dam. This configuration of Federal, State, tribal, and community representation has served the adaptive management program well since it was chartered in 1997. While the membership remains static because of the above designations, there are sufficient changes in personnel to maintain the integrity of the group and be actively engaged in all subject matters. Many of the members, particularly those in the basin states, participate in other groups and bring added knowledge and experience to the AMWG. It should be noted that on June 6, 2018, a Federal Register Notice was published as an open call got nominations for those who might be interested in serving on the AMWG. Because there were several members who were reapplying to serve on the AMWG and due to the lengthy process of getting nomination letters through the various organizations, most notably those from the seven basin states, a second Notice was published on July 20, 2018, extending the submission time to August 20, 2018.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The AMWG holds two in-person meetings and one virtual meeting during the fiscal year. The meetings are very relevant in keeping the Secretary of the Interior and the general public informed on significant areas of concern related to Glen Canyon Dam operations. For example, when the August meetings are held in Flagstaff, Arizona, local business owners, river guides, and interested persons, etc., attend and participate as a means of conveying their interest and insight to work being done in the Grand Canyon. Meetings or conference calls are noticed in the Federal Register and are scheduled at venues to ensure maximum member and public participation.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*This committee fulfills Sections 1804 and 1805 of the Grand Canyon Protection Act. The Grand Canyon Protection Act requires the Secretary of the Interior to consult with certain stakeholders on the operation of the Glen Canyon Dam; that consultation has occurred through the establishment and continuing advisory role of the AWMG Federal advisory committee. Consultation through the AMWG began with the 1996 Record of Decision for the Operation of Glen Canyon Dam Final Environmental Impact Statement and continued through the 2016 Record of Decision for the Glen Canyon Dam Long-Term Experimental and Management Plan Environmental Impact Statement (LTEMP EIS). This committee creates a forum for the open exchange of ideas from a diversity of stakeholders who are committed to improving the Colorado River resources in Glen and Grand Canyons. Each member actively participates and has a vested interest in the operation of Glen Canyon Dam. The committee provides a forum for members to resolve their differences in a cohesive setting. Compromises are often needed in order to benefit the whole program. The AMWG often addresses complex issues through collaboration, which typically improves overall solutions and reduces the potential for future conflict.
Why close or partially close meetings?All committee meetings are open to the public.
Recommendation RemarksOne recommendation was made to the Secretary of the Interior in FY 19 and can be found in the August 21-22, 2019 meeting minutes.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchYesAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryNoAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentDepending on any environmental changes (weather, ecological, etc.) which occur in the Grand Canyon, some research projects may be re-prioritized to address critical program concerns in a short period of time. Discussions are fully vetted through the technical subcommittee with input from the Science Advisors before any recommendation(s) are forwarded to the AMWG for further deliberation and possible action.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherYesNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentThe AMWG utilizes the best available science and legal authorities in making critical recommendations for protecting and improving the resources in the Grand Canyon. Efforts are made to keep the public informed of decisions being made by the Department of the Interior that may affect them. Local anglers and supporting businesses in the Page, Arizona, area have expressed concern when high flow experiments are conducted as they can have economic impacts on local fishing activities. Other groups, including recreational rafters and supporting businesses, have expressed support for the high flow experiments as they rebuild beaches in the Grand Canyon. The Secretary’s Designee engages in Government-to-Government consultation to discuss concerns raised by Native American Tribes on program activities.Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*$500,001 - $1,000,000Dollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentBecause the AMWG is comprised of stakeholders from several western states, environmental and recreational groups, purchasers of Federal power, and representatives from five Federal agencies, there is an intended cost savings in resolving issues in regular meetings versus individual meetings as well as reducing the potential for litigation with the Department of the Interior.Grants Review CommentN/A
Number Of Recommendations*57Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentIn Fiscal Year 2019, one recommendation was forwarded to the Secretary of the Interior:

(1) The Secretary of the Interior approve the Fiscal Year 2020 budget with amended budget tables.
Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*95.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentThe budget recommendation is presented at the August/September meeting and past acceptance of this and other AMWG recommendations by the Secretary indicates they will likely be supported going forward into FY2019. Because AMWG recommendations are usually based on the consensus of a very diverse group of 24 stakeholders, the recommendations of the committee are generally very sound and align with DOI policies and priorities.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*5.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentIt's anticipated the Secretary will concur with the majority of recommendations forwarded from the AMWG. However, a 5% ratio is factored in for those which may not be acted upon by the Secretary.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentSince 1996, the Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Program has conducted experiments to better understand how dam operations and other actions under the authority of the Secretary of the Interior can achieve an equitable balance among competing resource management objectives. Through adaptive management learning and collaborative stakeholder processes, the members of the Adaptive Management Work Group Federal advisory committee have formulated recommendations for experimental dam operations, control actions for non-native species, habitat protection for native species, and translocation of endangered species into refuges. These changes have resulted in greater sand conservation for building beaches, increases in the population size and geographic distribution of an endangered fish, better protection of national park resources, and improved experiences for river runners, while continuing to meet obligations for water storage and delivery required under agreements among the seven Colorado River Basin states. The adaptive management effort continues to make progress in forming partnerships among participants, understanding resource issues, and experimenting with dam operations and other management actions to carry out the intent of the Grand Canyon Protection Act. The AMWG serves as a mechanism for keeping pace with societal expectations, while continuing to provide project benefits as envisioned by Congress in passing the Colorado River Storage Project Act. At the AMWG meeting held in February 2017, a motion was passed to address the emerging issue of brown trout in the Lees Ferry Reach of the Colorado River in order to determine (1) the root causes of the increases in brown trout, (2) the risks associated with an expanding Brown Trout population to a quality Rainbow Trout fishery in Lees Ferry and the recovery/conservation of Humpback Chub and other native fish down river, (3) the pros and cons of different experimental and management options to address those risks including but not limited to mechanical removal, trout management flows, and the current High Flow Experiment protocol, (4) the research needs to support more informed decisions moving forward, and (5) management recommendations for minimizing the negative effects of brown trout. It further suggested a workshop be organized to facilitate communication among scientists, managers, tribes and interested stakeholders. Initial discussions were started but due to the DOI FACA committee review and suspension of any work in the FACA committees (May 9 – June 5), a Brown Trout Workshop was held on Sept. 21-22 following an AMWG meeting. An Open File Report was published by the U.S. Geological Survey in April 2018 explaining the possible causes and potential actions to be taken. There is a 64% chance that Brown Trout numbers will increase, and if they do, it will have negative impacts on endangered Humpback Chub. Causes for the increase are still unclear. Removal efforts could reduce Brown Trout numbers by as much as 50%.

As part of the Long-Term Experimental and Management Plan (LTEMP) Biological Opinion, Reclamation is evaluating current and evolving technologies to address water temperature changes that might make it easier for warm-water nonnative fishes to live in the river system. Reclamation conducted preliminary modeling of release temperatures at various reservoir levels and use of cooler releases. A white paper describing possible temperature control methods will be forthcoming.

The macroinvertebrate, or "bug flow," experiment appears to be resulting in increased insect abundance in the river system. Anecdotal evidence from Marble Canyon and Lees Ferry purposes better fishing conditions during the bug flow experiment.
Agency Feedback CommentFeedback from the Secretary is provided through the Secretary's Designee at regularly scheduled AMWG meetings, conference calls, and e-mail messages.Narrative Description*The Bureau of Reclamation administers the Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Work Group (AMWG). Reclamation, along with four other DOI agencies (Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Geological Survey, and National Park Service) works collectively under DOI's mission to protect and manage the Nation's natural resources and cultural heritage; provide scientific and other information about those resources; and honor its special responsibilities to American Indians, Alaska Natives, and affiliated Island Communities. The AMWG is dedicated to resolving complex issues related to the operation of Glen Canyon Dam, mitigating for damage caused by the dam, and improving conditions for endangered species with the overall goal of doing what is best for all resources in the Grand Canyon. The AMWG is an important means by which Reclamation meets its mission to manage, develop, and protect water and related resources in an environmentally and economically sound manner in the interest of the American public.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$22,722.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$22,949.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$148,086.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$149,566.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$6,571.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$6,637.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$14,993.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$15,143.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$13,476.37Est. Other Costs Next FY*$13,611.00
Total Costs$205,848.37Est. Total Next FY*$207,906.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*1.65Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*1.66
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ActionCommittee System IDSubcommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-032050Glen Canyon Dam Technical Work Group2019


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-033288Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Work Group2018
 COM-001594Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Work Group2017
 COM-002768Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Work Group2016
 COM-003674Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Work Group2015
 COM-004969Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Work Group2014
 COM-005775Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Work Group2013
 COM-007028Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Work Group2012
 COM-007720Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Work Group2011
 COM-009311Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Work Group2010
 COM-009942Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Work Group2009
 COM-011191Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Work Group2008
 COM-011863Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Work Group2007
 COM-012981Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Work Group2006
 COM-013677Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Work Group2005
 COM-014841Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Work Group2004
 COM-015546Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Work Group2003
 COM-016811Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Work Group2002
 COM-017463Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Work Group2001
 COM-018914Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Work Group2000
 COM-019351Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Work Group1999
 COM-020751Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Work Group1998
 COM-021252Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Work Group1997