Grand Canyon National Park
2009/2010 Accomplishment Report
Automation of Indian Garden Pumping Station
Indian Garden Pumping Station is the final station on the trans-canyon water line to push water up the South Rim canyon wall to supply Grand Canyon Village. In the past, this operation required an on- site employee to monitor and adjust operations. New automated controls have been installed for remote- control operation from the South Rim. These include a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition system, or SCADA, remote-control cameras, and automated controls on valves and pumps. The result
is significant savings in staff salary and overtime.
Energy audit for all Grand Canyon facilities
Working with both NPS and Department of Energy (DOE) programs, the division conducted two in-depth energy audits of all park facilities in 2010. The results will be used for a proposal to join DOE in an Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC). The pact would seek alternative ways to finance and accomplish long-term reductions in park energy use in both residential and public buildings.
Hikers take a break in the shade of a cottonwood at Indian Garden on the Bright Angel rail. NPS photo
Greenway V Trail
This one-mile addition to the Rim Trail System linked the existing trail (which ended at Pipe Creek Overlook) to the South Kaibab Trail trailhead area. The addition is a paved, 9-foot-wide bicycle and walking trail along the South Rim, with canyon views for almost its entire length. Barriers were installed at corners and other points to eliminate safety concerns for hikers and bikers. Benches and picnic tables will be installed at designated rest stops along the route. The project also included reconstruction of the Kaibab Trailhead area. It added a viewing area at the top of the trails so that visitors can view the canyon and watch for hikers coming up the trail. This realignment also directs hikers away from mule corrals and work areas to improve safety.
The Grand Canyon Greenway project was launched in 1999 as a part of the Millennium rails Initiative. rail crews recently completed work on Phase V of the Greenway V rail, which is
now open for public enjoyment. NPS photo