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Systematic Sexual Harassment Causes Grand Canyon To Dismantle Unit

South Rim of the Grand Canyon
(Photo by Melissa Sevigny - KNAU)
A view from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.

The unit of Grand Canyon National Park that ran river trips is being dismantled, months after a federal report found a long history of sexual harassment within it.

Park Superintendent Dave Uberuaga notified staff earlier this month about the decision to dismantle the river district. Officials say none of the unit’s six employees lost their jobs.

A January report by the Interior Department's Office of Inspector General found that current and former river district employees preyed on female colleagues, demanded sex and retaliated against women who refused. The Park Service says it will conduct a comprehensive review of river operations by October 1. Non-law enforcement river trips will be contracted out.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

Stina Sieg was a senior field correspondent at KJZZ from 2013 to 2018.