Government Shutdown Impacts Lake Powell Locals
Because Congress failed to avert a government shutdown, the impact on locals in the Lake Powell area is huge. Not all federal employees have been told to stay home, but you will probably be affected by the shutdown in one way or another. One of the biggest shutdowns will be our National Park System which is already underway at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, according to National Park Service Superintendent, Todd Brindle. Brindle confirmed the closure procedures started this morning and that lake entry points and roads will be shut down.
The hard closure will affect most of the general population. For those already on the lake, they won’t be kicked off the lake although vacating the lake will be recommended as services on the lake are limited.” — Todd Brindle, National Park Service Superintendent
Because of the government shutdown, Colorado River Discovery and other river guides on the Colorado have been told to suspend services on the river. According to Grand Canyon National Park officials, river runners who have already launched downstream into Grand Canyon National Park will be able to complete their river trip. Grand Canyon National Park is closed. The Carl Hayden Visitor Center at the Glen Canyon Dam is closed.
Antelope Point Marina General Manager Mike Anderson says in compliance with National Park Service regulations no more boats will launch or leave the marina. The retail store, restaurant, bar, and fuel dock will remain open for now but will begin a ramp down of operations tomorrow. If the government shutdown remains in effect, Antelope Point Marina will go into a total shutdown by Friday. Although Anderson says some scheduled weddings and other events will still take place this weekend. Anderson also say dry storage, mechanic services, and boat refurbishing will also remain open. In a press release, Lake Powell Resorts and Marinas has announced a temporary shutdown as well with refunds being offered for payments of lodging or other services consumers are unable to use.
No more boats will launch or leave the marina.” — Mike Anderson, Antelope Point Marina General Maanger
For the most part, government agencies involved in the shutdown will continue to offer services in the areas of law enforcement, security, and health. For example, Bureau of Indian Affairs will continue services in law enforcement, human services, fire management, irrigation, and dam safety. Bureau of Land Management will function with regards to law enforcement and emergency response. Bureau of Reclamation will retain key reclamation leaders for coordination and control, communications, and some budget roles. Read more information on the Department’s preparation of contingency plans.
Mail will still be delivered, social security checks will still be mailed. All military personnel will continue on normal duty status. The majority of Department of Homeland Security employees will continue to work under the government shutdown because their jobs are not funded by Congressional appropriations and “must be maintained under all circumstances to ensure the safety and security of the nation and its citizens,” according to the 2013 Homeland Security Shutdown Contingency Plan.