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Grand Canyon to ban sale of disposable water bottles

By Associated Press


FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. » Disposable plastic water bottles in shops, vending machines, hotels and grocery stores at Grand Canyon National Park will disappear early next year under a plan by park officials to ban the sale of them.

But first they'll have to demonstrate they've met guidelines issued late Wednesday by the National Park Service that require a review of water availability, health and safety, cost and benefits, and get the approval of the regional director.

Grand Canyon spokeswoman Shannan Marcak said Thursday that park officials believe it already is positioned to comply with the guidelines.

"We need to fully review it, and it takes a little time to figure out if we have all those things covered," she said.

Park Service Director Jon Jarvis nixed a bottle ban at Grand Canyon late last year just weeks before it was to be implemented and said the agency would develop a national policy.

Zion (in Utah) and Hawaii Volcanoes national parks have instituted bans similar to the one proposed at the Grand Canyon. The Park Service said those parks also would have to show in writing that the new guidelines are met and evaluate the bans annually.

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manakuke wrote:
Unfortunately random liter and trash are real problems.
on December 18,2011 | 05:19AM
1local wrote:
Human's should be banned - they are the main contributors to all pollution and climate contamination. Uncontrolled government sponsored breeding programs are responsible...
on December 24,2011 | 06:42AM
al_kiqaeda wrote:
They need to clamp down on the shave ice vendor at Diamond Head. Snow cone cups, straws, napkins and spoons all over the trail, bushes and summit. Make them pay for someone to pick up litter every day!
on December 24,2011 | 10:40AM
kameleokalani44 wrote:
OK, I guess the reason for the water bottle ban is because of the trash problem? And the fact that once empty those bottles could fly anywhere and everywhere in the park. That's the only reason I could think of....So I hope they will sell water to people with their own containers to stay hydrated.
on December 18,2011 | 07:01AM
copperwire9 wrote:
How about the unnecessary use of plastics, planetary resource depletion, and things like that?
on December 18,2011 | 10:40AM
Toneyuki wrote:
Planetary resource depletion? No such thing. The resources are still on the planet, they are just in different form. The only depletion happens when we jetison something into outerspace.
on December 18,2011 | 01:18PM
Fred01 wrote:
on December 22,2011 | 10:18AM
bozoid wrote:
So, maybe plastic bottles will be of greater value to the environment next year than they are now? Why else require an annual review of the ban?
on December 19,2011 | 08:40AM
sloturle wrote:
how can they drink water
on December 19,2011 | 09:29AM
Vivgie wrote:
Use glass bottles? Glass no biodegrade. Think of another solution.
on January 10,2012 | 12:03PM
Hawaii_Libertarian wrote:
Entrepreneurs outside the gates of the park will probably make a lot of money selling empty bottles and canteens to visitors!
on December 19,2011 | 03:36PM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
I guess visitors will have to bring their own water...either plastic bottles or some type of other container.
on December 21,2011 | 06:47AM
aomohoa wrote:
Has any one heard pf Camelbacks?You don't need a water bottle. I have hiked the Grand Canyon from rim to rim. You go prepared if your not stupid.
on December 21,2011 | 07:23PM
Fred01 wrote:
Good! Disposable water bottles should be banned everywhere!
on December 22,2011 | 10:17AM
aomohoa wrote:
I agree completely. Plastic bags should be banned everywhere too. Why is it so hard to carry reusable bags? I always bring my own.
on December 23,2011 | 01:02PM
al_kiqaeda wrote:
They need to clamp down on the shave ice vendor at Diamond Head. Snow cone cups, straws, napkins and spoons all over the trail, bushes and summit. Make them pay for litter removal every day!
on December 24,2011 | 10:39AM