6.1.05

NPS kowtows to commercial interests again...

The NPS has released it's proposal to re-allocate river permits for the Grand Canyon. A little background for those of you who may not know: When the NPS first started to issue permits, in the early seventies I believe, the vast majority of the trips through the canyon were being conducted by commercial boating companies. Given that, it would make sense that they should receive the Lion's share of the permits. Times, as they always seem to do, have been changing. With the increasing popularity of private boating, the waiting list to do the Grand has become exceptionally long, currently around 20 years! Obviously, this situation needs addressing. A reasonable person might expect that the NPS would study the number of overall requests for permits by commercial and private boaters and assign the permits on some sort of proportional basis. Unfortunately, this type of solution leaves out one of humanity's prime motivating factors, greed. It appears that the plan being floated by the NPS would increase the number of permits for private boaters slightly but would not reduce or reallocate the number available for commercial trips. It appears that, for the foreseeable future, companies will continue to have a virtual monopoly on the canyon. Thank God our government is by the people and for the people... (and yes, for those of you wondering, I am a disgruntled private boater who has yet to be able to get permission to run the canyon)

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