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What's with all this dam water?!

Modified: Sunday, Nov 25th, 2012

A bird's eye view of the experimental high-flow release from Glen Canyon Dam on Monday, Nov. 19.

U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar opened the valve Nov. 19 at Glen Canyon Dam, kicking off a six-day experimental high-flow release designed to send millions of tons of sediment down-stream, in hopes of repairing some of the damage caused by decades of limited flow.

Salazar called the event an historic milestone and said the country is entering into a new era, “one in which we realize that the goals of water storage, delivery and hydropower production are compatible with improving and protecting the resources of the Colorado River.”

At its peak, the release will see 42,300 cubic feet of water pass from Lake Powell into the Colorado River Basin.

The release is part of a new long-term protocol announced in May by Salazar to better distribute sediment to conserve downstream resources while meeting water and power needs and allowing continued scientific experimentation, data collection, and monitoring of important resources below Glen Canyon Dam.

For the complete article see the 11-21-2012 issue.

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