Glen Canyon Dam

November 23, 2014--Record drought reveals stunning changes along Colorado River (National Geographic)

In early September, at the abandoned Piute Farms marina on a remote edge of southern Utah's Navajo reservation, we watched a ten-foot (three-meter) waterfall plunging off what used to be the end of the San Juan River. Until 1990, this point marked the smooth confluence of the river with Lake Powell, one of the largest reservoirs in the U.S.


November 9, 2014--Glen Canyon release will send Colorado River surging (Arizona Daily Sun)

The lower Colorado River will swell to an unseasonably high level this coming week as part of an annual “high flow experiment” that federal river managers say improves the ecosystem and recreational opportunities downstream of Glen Canyon Dam.


September 27, 2014--Glen Canyon Dam, key water source, marks 50 years (Deseret News)

U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and other officials on Saturday marked the 50th anniversary of power generation by Glen Canyon Dam, a structure that helped usher in a new era in the Southwest. "Now, it's not without its controversy. But there's no question that this engineering feat was incredibly valuable to the economic future of this country," Jewell said.


May 15, 2014--Powell could 'call' on reservoirs (Cortez Journal)

Water shortages from a persistent drought in the Southwest have left Lake Powell dangerously low, threatening operation of the Glen Canyon Dam hydroelectric power plant relied on by 5.8 million customers. The problem is a looming concern for reservoirs in the Colorado River basin upstream from the Lake Powell.


September 30, 2013--Water managers counter Fill Mead First proposal (The Spectrum)

Since the summer publication of a study that indicated Lake Powell loses some 380,000 acre feet of water annually from bank seepage, some environmental groups have been calling again for water managers to let the Colorado River pass Glen Canyon Dam and fill Lake Mead first.


August 21, 2013--Colorado River: New study offers painful details of Glen Canyon Dam impacts to downstream ecosystems (Summit Voice)

With all the focus on water quantity in the Colorado River Basin, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that the installation of massive dams has fundamentally altered the river’s ecosystem.


November 19, 2012--Floodgates opening to restore Colorado River (USA Today)

 The federal Bureau of Reclamation is gradually opening turbines and bypass tubes at Glen Canyon Dam as part of a government program to restore the Grand Canyon's ecosystem. The river has run at about 8,000 cubic feet per second this fall but will ramp up to 42,300 cubic feet for 24 hours from Monday night into Tuesday, and the river will run high for five days.


November 13, 2012--Experimental Release from Glen Canyon Dam (Pagosa Daily Post)

The U.S. Department of the Interior will trigger the first “high-flow experimental release” at Glen Canyon Dam since 2008 on Monday, November 19.


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