Lake Havasu Marine Association

For those who didn't attend the meetings, over 1,500 showed, 99% to voice their displeasure with what was presented, and many to suggest Linda Miller be removed. Now we wait. Finally, everyone woke up to the fact that his is not about kayaks- its about control of a Federal waterway! For the record, the Refuge gang did NOT contact ANY of the 13 Agencies, who signed the Lake-River agreement last year. There are a lot of bruised feelings about that. This has long term repercussions!

The following is a well written summary of the Refuge issues from a River Captain.

My letter to USFW; (there really was so much more to be said)....

USFW,

I am a resident of Bullhead City, AZ and have been for nearly 50 years. I am a USCG licensed boat captain. I am a fisherman.

I have been through the Topock Gorge MANY times in my MANY years on the river both for personal boating and commercial tourboat operations.

I applaud the staff of the refuge for the reasonable efforts undertaken to maintain the refuge as a wilderness area. This is the type of environment we all come to the Topock Gorge to enjoy. I have read the entire CD draft as found online.

I was at the 1pm public meeting 5/3/16 regarding the current proposals for the refuge.
My concerns are primarily regarding the 17.5 mile stretch from I-40 to the southern buoy line.

It is my best guess at this time, but I wonder if the USFW even has the authority to regulate watercraft traffic on the main channel through the Gorge. If so, will a 5mph limit soon be imposed by USFW on I-40 and Route 66 where they pass through the refuge?
It is my understanding that there have been reasonable restrictions on the Topock Marsh waters for years. It appears to me that proposed changes are semantics.

This is a synopsis of my comments regarding this issue, based on my reading of the draft and attending the 5/3/16 meeting:

1)  Based on the obvious and overwhelming confusion by the public, myself included, of the final intent of the proposed regulations, it seems without doubt that USFW has not handled this matter in a very efficient or constructive manner (and possibly not even in a legal matter but that's for other's to sort out).

To continue this confusion, a flyer handed out by USFW at the meeting states  “No new restrictions will be applied to the 17.5 mile stretch between I-40 and the existing southern buoy line.” However, a new no wake area had  ALREADY  been established as part of this CD, with a 2 mile extension of this no wake area proposed. THESE ARE NEW RESTRICTIONS APPLIED WITHIN THE 17.5 MILE AREA, clearly in conflict with the statement on the flyer!

2)  The CD draft clearly states that ALL watercraft will travel at a no wake speed upon waters under jurisdiction of USFW. This goes on to say it's including of areas already buoyed as no wake areas. The draft does not state ONLY in buoyed areas, and buoy locations are not specified in any document. The relevant sentence here is misleading, vague, and open to wide conjecture. I believe that it is this sentence of the draft that presents the most uneasiness for me. The way the sentence is written I believe could be construed by the USFW to slow ALL watercraft on all areas of the refuge including the entire 17.5 mile main channel! Again, clearly the draft is in conflict with the flyer handed out at the public meeting.
I also believe that to attempt to put a no wake speed on 17.5 miles of river through the refuge will be met with tremendous resistance from the personal and local level up through national congressional levels. This broad resistance is already apparent just from the current USFW actions.

3)  USFW mission in the refuge is primarily to promote the stated activities of hunting (currently not allowed, another conflicting USFW statement), fishing, and various wildlife viewing circumstances. Making 17.5 miles of river a no wake area would effectively and severely limit the majority of the general public's access to the refuge. This is in conflict with the USFW's mission.

4)  As I mentioned, I have MANY years and MANY travels on the river through the refuge, daily during my years aboard a commercial tourboat operating between Laughlin, NV, and Lake Havasu City. There is little to no apparent erosion in the refuge from boat traffic. The shoreline is primarily hard rock. Beaches and reed areas that have been there for decades are still there. In fact the opposite of erosion can be seen in the Blankenship Bend area commonly know as “the sandbar” as this sandbar has become almost entirely overgrown with reeds and other plants, naturally occurring without speed restrictions on watercraft. I contend that the feral pigs and natural flash flood silt and debris change the environment of the refuge more than watercraft use.

5)  The reasoning for much of the contentious restrictions of the draft are not proven out, either in the draft or by other evidence relevant to this refuge. As an example, evidence of bird strikes by boats are non existent. And the spread of Quagga muscles as an excuse to limit boating in the refuge? Really? That is grasping at straws. My teenage daughter even questioned that excuse, “Dad, aren't the mussels already in the river from Lake Mead?”

6)  It is apparent that the USFW has botched the implementation and notification of proposed policy. It is reasonable to contend that revoking any restrictions relevant to this new CD and starting over is in the best interest of all parties. Hopefully through coherent and thoughtful dialogue between all parties a cooperative environment may exist for solutions that then can be implemented. The USFW has already tainted the process and now may need to make extra effort to regain the public's trust. The unnecessary costs for this USFW miscue are many, both for the USFW and for the public. There is no rational option remaining except to reset from square one.

7)  There is valid argument of the use of the Mesquite Bay area as a safe haven for waterskiing and related boating activities. I do not have much first hand knowledge of the use of this area however it seems that the local boating community has their own code of conduct that they follow to insure all users safety and enjoyment. Part of that enjoyment is within the USFW's mission as the Mesquite Bay users will enjoy the refuge's wildlife during times not boating underway.

8)  Buoys with little orange lettering on them do not adequately serve as notice to the general boating populace. Funds could be better spent on better signage placement at either end of the refuge river accesses and postings at launch ramps.

In closing;

Bottom line, the way the CD was presented, and implemented, is flawed and should be redone. This is without argument. USFW has damaged it's reputation in the local community by it's course of action so far regarding this CD.

Thoughtful up-front presentation in the first place to local citizens, business', and governments could have made implementation of proposals effective and smooth. People will be more apt to agree with and abide by regulations when they have knowledge and a hand in the process. USFW has only made this process extremely more difficult for all parties.
I would be happy to lend further input if requested.

Regards,
Kelly Stahlman
PO Box 20785
Bullhead City, AZ 86439
928-399-0353
rivercapt@live.com

Our Volunteer Coordinators are responsible for our program management on the lake.
We thank them for their time and dedication to the Marine Association.
Feel free to call them directly if you would like to get involved.

  • Operations Coordinator - Dan Herron (928) 566-9414
  • BLM & Buoy Coordinator - Bill Mackie (619) 992-4807
  • Grant Coordinator -Rich Miers (928) 486-04
  • Mussel Coordinator-Dan Barry - Parker (928) 310-4228
  • Special Activities Coordinator - Wayne West (719) 332-5256
  • Agency Coordinator- Craig Laser (949) 230-1238
  • Fishing Coordinator - Jeff Dean (928) 715-2825
  • Coast Guard Liaison- Ron Buckholtz (909) 374-9664
  • Designated Captain Coordinator-Dale Bowers (928) 486-5782
  • Alberta, Canada Mussel Coordinator- Bill Evans (780) 441-1824
Sticker a Mussel
SCORECARD
Lake Havasu Report
Total for April
YTD
Running Total - 37 months
# Trailers Stickered

763*

1614

18,069
From California
232

423

9,089
From other States

102

175

1,635
From Canada

1

1
93
From Nevada
6
34
177
LAKE HAVASU (only)
April 2016
YTD
Running Total
# Trailers Stickered
649
1415
16,479
From California
183
154
8,237
From Other States (not AZ, CA, NV)
86
68
1,550
From Canada
0
0
37
From Nevada
24
28
92
BLM Parker Strip Report
April 2016
YTD
Running Total
# Trailers Stickered
49
49
651
From California
15
15
367
From other States
13
13
27
From Canada
0
0
0
BLM PARKER, AZ (only)
April 2016
YTD
Running Total
# Trailers Stickered
0
0
262
From California
0
0
169
From Other States
0
0
11
From Canada
0
0
0
YUMA, AZ
April 2016
YTD
Running Total
# Trailers Stickered
65
150
515
From California
34
50
105
From Other States
4
4
139
From Canada
0
0
0

*For the month of April, (41) of the total boating contacts
were “re-education”.

Mussel Report

Need a sticker? List of "stickerers" on our web site www.lhmarineassn.com

Trending 1: Jim Salscheider and Dan Barry made a personal visit to the Vidal Junction California Border Inspection Station during the month of April. There will be some staffing changes coming soon at that location due to the planned retirement of supervisor Teri Estrada. Jim and Dan also made a separate trip during April to the Needles Border Station. Activity for trailer boats is predictably on the increase as Colorado River winter visitors make their way back home to northern, mid-west and eastern states and recreational boaters from California begin to recreate in larger numbers. The importance of completing the AISBIR form by winter visitors with extended in-water boats remains critical. Border stations continue to report that the boating public has very little knowledge about the necessity of this form when crossing state boundaries.

Trending 2: ASU Havasu students have completed their class project which involved the development of a boating app for Lake Havasu recreational boaters. The app was demonstrated in late April to ASU faculty and members of the Lake Havasu Marine Association. The LHMA is now researching grant funding opportunities in order to purchase a weather buoy which will provide additional lake data.
This app, when fully developed, will include fundamental ‘things-to-know' for boaters including information about the protocols for preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species. Ultimately, we hope this App will be enhanced with even more data when Lake Havasu has its own weather buoy.
More updates regarding this App will be forthcoming in future reports.
Trending 3: According to the May 2012 Arizona Department of Transportation Watercraft Survey, 52% of all Boat Use Days in the State of Arizona occur in Mohave County (Lake Havasu). If La Paz County (Parker Strip) also is included, it increases to 63%. If you look at the Boat Use Days statistics by lakes/rivers, Lake Havasu and the Parker Strip account for more boating days of use than Lake Mead, Lake Powell, Lake Mohave, Lake Pleasant, Canyon Lake, Saguaro Lake and Lake Roosevelt combined. Obviously the lower Colorado River is the south west's number one recreational boating destination.

Remember to visit The Lake Havasu Marine Association on the following Social Media channels!
Our Facebook is www.facebook.com/LakeHavasuMarineAssociation - LIKE us on Facebook!
Our Twitter handle is: www.twitter.com/LHMarineAssn - FOLLOW us on Twitter!
Our YouTube channel is: www.youtube.com/LakeHavasuMarineAssn - SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube Channel!

Lake Havasu Marine Association
1642 McCulloch Blvd #173 • Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403
President & CEO: Jim Salscheider • Cell: 928-208-2442 • E-Mail: Jims@lhmarineassn.comwww.lhmarineassn.com
Email marketing and design by Marquita McKnight of Impruvit Consulting (928) 453-3232




Click to view this email in a browser

If you no longer wish to receive these emails, please reply to this message with "Unsubscribe" in the subject line or simply click on the following link: Unsubscribe

Lake Havasu Marine Association
1642 McCulloch Blvd #173
Lake Havasu City, Arizona 86403
US

Read the VerticalResponse marketing policy.

Try Email Marketing with VerticalResponse!