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It’s time to let Lake Powell go - HCN

In today’s ‘new normal,’ there is simply not enough water to maintain both Lake Powell and Lake Mead.

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Major Initiative

GCI urges BOR to Fill Mead First

Glen Canyon Institute (GCI) has called on the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) to implement the Fill Mead First plan, which could save massive amounts of water.

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In The News

Skepticism amongst National Park Service's Glen Canyon Dam plan

The National Park Service and the Bureau of Reclamation have created seven possible alternatives for managing the Colorado River at Glen Canyon Dam. Their favorite is designed to mimic the Colorado River’s natural flooding through the Glen and Grand canyons that occurred before the Glen Canyon Dam was constructed. The feds say if they alter the amount and timing of Colorado River water flowing through Glen Canyon Dam, they can keep providing water and electricity to millions, while preserving Grand Canyon National Park and other treasures. Those feds may as well be wishing upon a star, says Gary Wockner, executive director of Save the Colorado, based in Fort Collins. During the past 15 years, the amount of water in the Colorado River has steadily declined, and all the science indicates that flows will continue to decrease. They need to dramatically change how the Colorado River is managed,” Wockner said. “There’s not enough water to run the system the way it has been run for the last 15 years. We’re going to have to have to consequential change...Even if this winter’s wetter weather pours 5 million acre feet of water on the West Coast, it will only hold them over for 18 to 24 months." Read More »

Comment Period Open On Proposed Plan For Operating Glen Canyon Dam

A draft environmental impact statement on how to operate the Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River for the next 20 years carries seven alternatives, none of which recommends the removal of the dam.Since the dam was finished in 1966, the wisdom of building it has been questioned. Agreeing to the project was David Brower, at the time executive director of the Sierra Club. He later wished he hadn't. "Glen Canyon died, and I was partly responsible for its needless death," Brower wrote in The Place No One Knew, a Sierra Club book published in 1963. "Neither you nor I, nor anyone else, knew it well enough to insist that at all costs it should endure. When we began to find out it was too late." There continue to be calls for the dam's decommissioning. The Glen Canyon Institute has a standing position that the "revealed landscape of Glen Canyon should be protected and the continued restoration of Glen Canyon should be facilitated and planned for. Lake Powell is unnecessary and enormously destructive, while Glen Canyon is America’s Lost National Park. The mission of Glen Canyon Institute is to restore a free-flowing river through Glen Canyon." Read More »

The Gila - The Battle for New Mexico's Last Wild River

For the fourth time in recent decades, the last wild-running river in New Mexico, the Gila River, is threatened by the re-emergence of a giant river diversion and water storage plan. The US Department of the Interior signed an agreement with the Central Arizona Project Entity to study options to further evaluate potential water projects related to the Gila River, one of which is the proposed diversion and storage plan. The proposed diversion project, if enacted, will radically alter the flows and pathway of New Mexico's Gila River. Threatening to turn its rich ecological tapestry into a dry, sandy-bottomed reminder of the once, powerful living water course several miles wide - the epicenter for human cultures in the region stretching back millennia. Read More »