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Lake Powell Reopens today at noon.

Utah Governor, Gary Herbert, announced Thursday that five parks including GCRA will be opened by Saturday.  Wahweap opened today at noon, with the exception of the new restaruant at Wahweap Marina, Latitude 37, which will remain closed for the winter.  Boat rentals, lodge and marina services will be available at Wahweap, Bullfrog and Halls Crossing beginning this afternoon.  For more information click here.

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9/11 Boatlift Video

Member Larry Anderson forwarded this video link memorializing the Boatlift of 9/11.  It is the largest boatlift (i.e. evauation by vessel) in history, as you will learn during this dramatic and heartwarming short documentary about the mass evacuation of the island of Manhatten on 9/11.  To view this excellent 12 minute U-Tube video click here.

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Rainbow Bridge National Monument Reopened!

The NPS announced Rainbow Bridge was reopened Friday, September 27th.

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Antelope Point Launch Ramp to be Closed

Septembers 23rd

Attention  NOTE!!!   Attention

The Ateloope Point Launch Ramp Closure will be delayed

temorarily due to strong water inflo from the recent Colorado storms.

We will keep you posted.

NPS Announcement:

Antelope Point Launch Ramp Will Remain Open

Page, AZ – Antelope Point launch ramp will remain open for the time being due to increased lake levels caused by the recent flood events. Boaters should still be aware that while the ramp is open, launching at these water levels is not safe for all sizes of boats and launching is at your own risk.


The National Park Service has announced:

Page, AZ – Antelope Point launch ramp will close on September 23, 2013 to all launches with boat trailers due to low lake levels.  A barricade will be placed at the lower portion of the ramp to allow for hand launching of kayaks, canoes, and other small vessels.  Boaters should still be aware that while the ramp is open, launching at these water levels is not safe for all sizes of boats and launching is at your own risk. Parking is prohibited on the ramp and self-certification for mussels is still required for all vessels.

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More Launch Ramp Info

Gary Yantis has posted more information on the lake water/launch ramp situation here.

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Why Is Lake Powell Not Filling Up This Summer?

May, 2013

 Snowpack in the Upper Colorado River Basin peaked on April 23 at 81% of average. Significant melting has already occurred.  As of mid-May slightly less than half of this season's snow remains.

The April-July unregulated inflow into Lake Powell will most probably be 3 million acre feet (maf), less than half the historical average of 7.16 maf, projecting it to be the fifth lowest recorded volume since 1964.  The fourth lowest recorded April-July unregulated volume was in 2012 when it was approximately 2 maf.  Two dry years in a row is not a recipe for keeping the lake full.

The "full pool" for Lake Powell is designed to be 3, 700 feet above mean sea level (msl). As of May 2013 Lake Powell's high point for this summer is projected to be 3,600 feet msl; it will hit this sometime in July.  By October the lake is projected to be at 3,588 above msl and by December, 3,577 feet above msl.

Will Castle Rock Cut be open?

 With the projected lake levels for 2013 at or below 3,600 ft msl, Castle Rock Cut will not be usable all year.  It was “dredged” (in reality the rock was blasted and then the fill was bulldozed from the cut and spread on contour on the Castle Rock side) again this past spring down to a depth of 3,600 feet above msl.  The National Park Service has completed the environmental clearance and obtained the necessary permits to go to a depth of 3,580 feet above msl.

What governs how much water is released from Glen Canyon dam?

 There are a number of factors governing the volume of water released downstream, including the water allocations allotted to the seven Basin states and the requirements of the Glen Canyon Dam Operating Plan/Environmental Impact Statement.  The most recent guidance was established in 2007.  This occurred at a time when the Colorado River Basin was facing the eighth drought year of the worst eight years in more than a century of record-keeping.

 In December 2007 the Secretary of the Interior adopted the Colorado River Interim Guidelines for Lower Basin Shortages and the Coordinated Operations for Lake Powell and Lake Mead (Shortage Guidelines) in order to address water availability in the lower basin and operations of Lake Powell and Lake Mead during drought and low-reservoir conditions. Reservoir operating decisions under the Shortage Guidelines are to remain in effect through 2026.

 Among other things, the Shortage Guidelines provide direction to the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) on operations of Glen Canyon Dam to better ‘equalize’ the contents of Lake Powell and Lake Mead.

 Each month, BOR runs a computer model (24-Month Study) that projects operations of the Colorado River reservoirs out two years. There is a table of equalization elevations for Lake Powell in the Shortage Guidelines that is used in the determination of an operating ‘tier‘ for Lake Powell. There are four tiers:  Equalization, Upper Elevation Balancing, Mid-Elevation Balancing and Low Elevation Balancing.

 The projected January 1 elevation for Lake Powell in the August 24-Month Study run determines the initial operating tier and annual release from Lake Powell for the upcoming Water Year. Each month, through the water year, a new 24-Month Study is run and releases are adjusted based on actual and forecasted inflows, the projected end of water year contents of Powell and Mead and the particular operating requirements for the tier under which Glen Canyon is operating.

 What “tier” is the current operating guidelines for the Glen Canyon Dam?

 We are currently operating under the "Upper Elevation Balancing Tier."

 The Upper Elevation Balancing Tier applies when Lake Powell’s projected January 1 elevation is below the elevation in the equalization table but above 3575 feet-above-sea level. The tier defines several different operations that may occur based on the projected elevations of Lake Powell and Lake Mead and annual releases from Lake Powell vary between 7.0 maf and 9.0 maf.

 The projected release volume for the 2013 water year is 8.23 maf, which is consistent with the volume of water guaranteed to the three lower Basin states under the 1922 Colorado River Compact.  The 2014 water year begins on October 1, 2013.

Did the High Flow Release in November 2012 cause the lake level to drop?

 Yes and no.  The amount of water released (and corresponding drop in lake level) in November was greater than originally projected without the high-flow release, but the BOR will adjust the volume released in the remaining months of the water year in order to release the target amount for the water year (October 1 – September 30). So the lake level will have dropped no more by September 30 than it would have without the high-flow release.

 For each month of the water year, the BOR projects how much water will be released by volume.  This is calculated taking a number of needs into consideration, but the total for twelve months is projected to be the total amount that must be released under the Shortage Guidelines and the Colorado Compact.  For water year 2013, that total is 8.23 million acre feet.

 In 2012 the Secretary of the Interior approved a High Flow Experimental Protocol which put in place a management plan for the improvement of downstream resources in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Grand Canyon National Park after nearly two decades of research and experimentation.  The plan allows for a high-flow release to move accumulated sand downstream in a fashion that simulates the high volume spring run-off of pre-dam years.  This high-flow release still takes into account the requirements of the Colorado Compact (for water delivery downstream) and the Shortage Guidelines (for balancing the Lake Mead and Lake Powell reservoirs).

By An Informed Kayaker

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Manager's Update

Yacht Club Manager, Gary Yantis, has posted his latest issue of Hello Members, a periodic update of what's happining on the Lake.  To read it CLICK HERE.

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ACTIVITIES SCHEDULE – 2013

 

LABOR DAY BEACH SOCIAL                                                        AUG 31, SEP 1

OKTOBERFEST AT THE MARINA                                                             OCT 12

ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING (Election of Officers)                          OCT 12

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING                                                         OCT 12

TENTH ANNUAL BALLOON REGATTA- (Page Event)         OCT 31, NOV 1, 2, 3

LPYC WINTERFEST at Wahweap Marina (Thanksgiving weekend)         NOV 30

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Antelope Point Boaters to Choose Service Providers!


The monopoly for providing services at the Antelope Point Marina is to end soon.  Recently the NPS  distributed a letter to the CUAs stating that a meeting would be held to outline that CUA permits will open up to the public for services similar to that which is available at the Wahweap Marina.( A CUA is a Commercial Use Authorization, a permit issued to lake’s service providers).  Boaters at Antelope have long complained that they were only allowed to have one service provider, Antelope Yacht Services, permitted to work on their boats in the slips.

Todd Brindle, NPS Superintendent, plans to hold that informational  meeting and begin to make the CUA permits available by May, 2013.

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Detour to Page

New, Shorter detour planned for Summer!

March, 2013

 Shorter Hwy. 89 detour planned

 PAGE - The Arizona Department of Transportation plans to pave Navajo Route 20 as a short-term fix for the detoured Highway 89, it has been announced.

A six-member ADOT team met Wednesday night with Page City Council to detail soil-testing efforts along the section of 89 damaged by a Feb. 20 landslide. Though team members did not specify a timetable for repairs, a representative mentioned improvements to N20 would last two years.  The mostly dirt N20, which runs parallel to 89 through the LeChee, Coppermine and Bodaway Gap chapters, will receive an all-weather surface that should last two years, Robert Samour, from the state engineers office, told the Council.

N20 had been projected by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Navajo Department of Transportation to receive a more permanent solution by 2024, Samour said, calling the temporary fix "not by any means the ultimate project they were looking for."  Navajo Nation officials earlier circulated an estimate of two years to repair the damage done to Highway 89 south of Page along Echo Cliffs near the Cut. State officials contend that any talk of a timetable is premature.

"Our goal is to complete US 89 repairs as soon as possible, but it's too premature to lay out a timeline," said Dustin Krugel, an ADOT spokesman. "We are still working through the process of determining what happened beneath the highway and then we'll figure out a best plan for long-term options for US 89."  What is moving forward is a plan to pave a nearby alternative route by this summer, cutting time off the current detour. That route uses Highway 160 and Navajo Route 98, and it adds 49 miles to a trip between Flagstaff and Page.

At a March 7 meeting of federal, state and tribal highway officials, according to a Navajo Division of Transportation account, a plan took shape to turn Navajo Route 20, known locally as the Coppermine Road, into a paved detour to last the duration of the repair project.  The plan is to have N20 paved by the summer so traffic from 89 can be rerouted onto it, including commercial traffic. Until then, graders will continue to maintain the roadway.

Representatives from the Coppermine, Bodaway Gap and LeChee chapters were on hand to throw support behind the project, according to the NDOT account.

So far, the Federal Highway Administrations has allocated $2 million to the repair effort on Highway 89, with an initial ADOT estimate of at least $35 million needed for complete repairs.

Direct through routes for emergency first responders are being graded at the site of the landslide. Engineers continue to bore holes and collect geotechnical data at the site.

ADOT is looking to design the 28 miles of new pavement for N20 to last about two to three years when used by heavy commercial vehicles. Some of the curves will be straightened and the grades flattened, and reduced speed limits will be enforced.

Samour told the Page audience that five security breaches were reported along the closed section of Highway 89 over the weekend. Two people took down a barrier fence on the north end and tried to drive through, making it all the way to the barrier at the south end. Four of the trespassers came from the north, and one from the south, he said.

 By TODD GLASENAPP and DAILY SUN STAFF

   
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Have you visited our Facebook page?

The Club has added a Facebook page to our media output.  Visit us by clicking here and then click on the "like it" icon.  Or, simply click on the Facebook Page link in the tool bar above.

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Boater Beware !!!

 Your gas station or mini-mart may soon be offering 15% Ethanol in their gas.  Use of this fuel in boat motors is prohibited under federal law and violates engine manufacturer warranties.  For more information, released by BoatUS, please read their article here

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Mussel Free Certificate is Required!!!
Boaters are reminded that a mussel free certificate is required prior to launching any watercraft. "Mussel Free" certificates must be displayed on the dash of their vehicle.  With the exception of Hite, the only way to obtain this certificate is to have your vessel inspected by an authorized National Park Service inspector.  Hite and remote locations are the only places where self-certification is still allowed.  Please check the website at www.nps.gov/glca for the updates of lakewide ramp times and certification requirements.

PLEASE review the most recent Zebra Mussel Advisory from NPS by clicking here.

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Archived Articles

Can't find an article you are sure you saw before?  From time to time, as articles become dated, we remove them from the Front Page and/or the Menu boxes.  Most of these articles are moved to the Archived Article Menu.  If you want to review an article no longer in the Front Page Menu or in one of the other menu boxes, you can usually find it in the Archived Articles Menu.  In this menu the articles are listed by the month they were published, not by title.  Unfortunately, this is a function of our web site program.  To find the article of interest you simply click on the month you think the article might have been published and a list of articles archived from that month are listed.  If you don't find it, try a few months before and/or after your first choice.  When you find the article (the first few lines are published in the menu), click on the article you want and it will load.

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Use the LPYC Storage Yard

Much of your Yacht Club's endeavors are financed from the revenue generated by our Storage Yard.  If you have need of reasonably priced storage for your boat please visit our Storage Yard or call manager Gary Yantis at 928-645-3992.  Your patronage is necessary for our success!

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