A new study commissioned by GCI shows that decomissioning Glen Canyon Dam would have a negligable impact on the western power grid, cause electric rates to go up by $.08 on average, and could even save tens of millions of taxpayer dollars.
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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to take a trip through Glen Canyon before it was dammed? Glen Canyon Institute has teamed up with National Geographic Maps to produce an interactive historical story map of Glen Canyon before Lake Powell. Take a virtual tour down the river, wander up its side canyons, and glimpse some of it's splendor from the air.
The water crisis in the West has renewed debate about the effectiveness of major dams, with some pushing for the enormous Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River to be decommissioned.
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Experience a virtual tour of the restoration occurring in Glen Canyon - Produced by Glen Canyon Institute; in collaboration with National Geographic Maps as well as numerous and Glen Canyon Explorers.
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September 22, 2016
The analysis by scholars Gabriel Lozada and Gail Blattenberger concluded that the financial consultant for the Washington County Water Conservancy District underestimates the project's costs, fails to consider interest on state bonds that would be issued, and ignores operating and maintenance costs. Without a generous state subsidy in form of interest-free loans, the water delivered by the pipeline "is so expensive that Washington County would not want the water and in that case the pipeline would not be needed," Blattenberger told the Utah Water Development Commission Tuesday. Read More »
September 20, 2016
On the cover of the recently released 2017 National Park Foundation calendar, big as day, is a picture of the Lake Powell reservoir, formed by the 1963 damming of the Colorado River through Glen Canyon in Utah. For many people, this area known as the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is highly controversial. Read More »
September 15, 2016
"Managing rivers to better meet both human and ecosystem needs is a complex societal challenge," says Jack Schmidt, professor in the Department of Watershed Sciences at Utah State University. "People need water and power, but damming rivers causes substantial damage to ecosystem functions and services." New research conducted at Glen Canyon Dam on the U.S. Colorado River offers insights into ways to temper detrimental effects of dams, including a proposed management technique to mitigate the impacts of a common hydropower practice called "hydropeaking" that affects river food webs. Schmidt and colleague LeRoy Poff of Colorado State University discuss findings, within the context of global pressure to build new dams Read More »