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ProPublica - Drought be Dammed

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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Glen Canyon Living Atlas Project

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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In The News

Who will pay for Lake Powell pipeline? Utah economists say all of us.

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 »

Parks calendar provokes thought - Glen Canyon makes cover of 2017 National Park Foundation calendar

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 »

Dammed if you do: Scientists recommend strategies to lessen dams' environmental impacts

"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 »