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Team: South
Catherine Kiffe
Tuesday, September 10
Special Day

I was just sitting on the upper deck of the houseboat thinking about the times we have skittered across sun-baked, waterless deserts, stopping ever so often to pull cactus needles out of our legs and hiking boots. We have struggled up high mountaintops, breathless, lightning striking close by, stopping for lunch of apples and peanuts. We have scrambled over rock cliffs and down into arroyos, stopping to determine the best way to attempt the crossing. We have sauntered and tittered on horseback through thick, green, lush forests, stopping to gaze at Aldo Leopold type scenes in wonder. Today we stop and breathe and take stock of all that has come before, here on the houseboat, on the sundeck with the seemingly moving countryside going past.
Now I am on the computer at the table in the kitchen/dining area of the houseboat. The activity in the cabin includes Jan writing a mystery novel, chapters of the events of the last couple of days. Check it out. It’s really fun.
Kay stands at the stove and begins to prepare her special taco soup for supper. She is also trying pineapple upside down cake for dessert. Julie, Richard, Jessica, and Jake are above sunning and reading. Bob is relaxing, looking very contemplative. “So glad its Public Lands or there would be condominiums all over”, says Bob.

After lunch Mark Anderson, an Aquatic Ecologist with the Park Service uses a power-point presentation as part of his job as educator to share with us facts about the care of Lake Powell Recreation Area. In 1995 there were 12 beach closures due to high levels of factual bacteria, human waste. It was beginning to have the reputation of a “dirty” lake.
With a shift in science application and education the area now has a model program of clean up and maintenance that they share throughout the country. It has been the result of many agencies, businesses and people working together as a team reaching for a goal.
The outcome has been the number of beach closures dropping dramatically. 12 in 1995, 3 in 1996, 0 in 1997, with continued success throughout the last few years.
Another issue to contend with is zebra mussels, an exotic aquatic invasive species, which I had learned about in a Louisiana State University Sea Grant and Louisiana Geography Education Alliance workshop two summers ago. The facts were familiar to me. Education about the invasive species is important throughout the country. They cause extensive destruction in ecological, recreational and business aspects. The minute shell with byssal threads form thick mats that clog up pipes, motors and other aquatic related areas. Lake Powell is a likely place for them to turn up as they attach themselves to motor boats and then are transferred when the boats of an infested area travel.
Here there is a screening process where in 2001 thirteen boats were found to be infested and were nine were voluntarily treated for free. In 2002 twenty-five were found to be infested and 21 voluntarily received the free treatment and wash. At this time it is not mandatory. The hopes are that the longer the infestation can be held off the better chance that a treatment to kill zebra mussels will be found.
Another side to Mark’s job is the study of visitor impact. The Lake Powell Cooperators Group main function is “to foster cooperation between agencies and individuals doing outreach work.” In the work side canyons are studied by looking at micro current measurements and beach sediment contaminants. Ecology studies include macro vertebrates, native fish management (razor back suckers), sports fishery management and terrace monitoring (no sediment input below the dam).
“Lost Desert River and Native Fish” was research and written by Gordon Mueller, a fisheries biologist in the mid-continent ecological science center of the USGS. He spoke to us on the changes that have occurred since the building of the dam. He has an incredible knowledge of the area that he described as being comparable to the Nile. It starts in the mountains, flows into hostile areas down to lush fertile plains. It is the fifth largest river. At Laughlin, Nevada 40% of the water is pulled out, the rest goes down to the Imperial Valley for irrigation. The life blood of the area flows through 7 million acres of cropland, the most regulated in the United States. This region has seen the gold rush, forts established, the steamboat industry, seasonal flows that controlled influx of people. The dry summers and flooding winters of the river are what shaped the fish community.
1900-1935 saw a rapid reduction in native fish. The introduction of predators and competition of non-native fish brought in by the settlers along with continued exploitation meant less and less native fish survival. 1935-2000 saw the gradual dying off of relic fish, fish that live to be at least 50 years old. Recommended reading for more information can be read in Sand County Almanac.
Gordon spoke of the impressive volunteer programs that work to try reintroduce and repatriate native fish, agencies and schools working together.
for Tuesday, September 10
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Team: South
Catherine Kiffe
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