How AMWG and TWG Evolved and How They Function
The Adaptive Management Work Group (Adaptive Management Work Group More) is a Federal Advisory Committee mandated in the 1995 Environmental Impact Statement on Glen Canyon Dam Operations. The aim of such committees is to give private citizens a voice in federal policymaking, and in most cases meetings and records are accessible to the public. Federal Advisory Committees solicit the advice of experts on specific issues or complex problems, then make recommendations for statutory, regulatory, or management actions.
Adaptive Management Work Group More makes formal recommendations to the Department of the Interior on alterations to dam operations and on monitoring of any changes that are implemented. It also coordinates, reviews and forwards budget and program operations information. Adaptive Management Work Group More directs recommendations and reports to the Secretary of the Interior through the Secretary’s designee, who serves as Adaptive Management Work Group More chair. Members also formulate research objectives and have a role in GCDAMP budget and work planning. In AMWG’s early years, members voted on recommendations and other items, and the majority ruled. The group now prioritizes stakeholder collaboration and consensus in decision-making. Adaptive Management Work Group More meets twice a year, typically alternating between Flagstaff and Phoenix.
The Technical Work Group (Technical Work Group More) is a subcommittee of Adaptive Management Work Group More. It advises stakeholders on the technical and scientific aspects of issues that come before Adaptive Management Work Group More, and serves as an intermediary between Adaptive Management Work Group More and the Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center (Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center More). Technical Work Group More has the same representative makeup as Adaptive Management Work Group More, except that instead of a single National Park Service representative, it has two–representing Grand Canyon National Park and Glen Canyon Recreational Area–and includes a representative from the U.S. Geological Survey.