The GCMRC and its Relationship to AMWG/TWG

The Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center (GCMRC) is often called the “science provider” for GCDAMP. GCMRC coordinates the long-term research and monitoring of downstream resources mandated by the 1992 Grand Canyon Protection Act. Founded in 1996 as a subdivision of the Bureau of Reclamation, GCMRC moved to the U.S. Geological Survey in 2000, where it is part of the Southwest Biological Science Center in Flagstaff, Arizona.

GCMRC develops research designs and proposals based on AMWG objectives. It implements experiments and research projects using both in-house and contracted personnel. GCMRC works closely with the Technical Work Group (TWG) to develop resource management questions and monitoring criteria, and to relay technical information to AMWG members. It also works closely with AMWG, TWG, and relevant Department of the Interior agencies to develop Triennial Work Plans for GCDAMP.