Your individual support makes a difference! Glen Canyon Institute is involved with a number of projects and is constantly working to educate the public on each of them. You can help by signing up for our newsletter, donating to GCI, attending events, and participating in some of the action initiatives below. Follow the links to learn more about these critical issues.
Lake Powell Pipeline
The Lake Powell Pipeline involves pumping 100,000 acre-feet of water annually from the Colorado River at Lake Powell to arid Washington, Kane, and Iron counties in southwest Utah to support future population growth in the area. The project would be the most expensive Utah public works project ever undertaken without public funding, and would be extremely destructive to lands and the environment.
Flaming Gorge Pipeline
The Flaming Gorge Pipeline is a proposed water project that would divert 250,000 acre feet of water each year from the Green River near Flaming Gorge Reservoir in southwestern Wyoming to Colorado's Front Range. This project would be enormously expensive and would cause irreversible damage to the Green River and the ecosystems of the Colorado River downstream. There are much better alternatives to meet the future water demands of Colorado and other Colorado Basin states.
Glen Canyon Dam Long Term Experimental Management Plan
The Long Term Experimental Management Plan is an experimental plan proposed by the Bureau of Reclamation that will implement a structured, long-term program of experimentation in the Colorado River below Glen Canyon Dam. The purpose is to increase scientific understanding of the ecosystem downstream from Glen Canyon Dam and to improve and protect important downstream resources. Unless plans such as GCI's Fill Mead First proposal are discussed, this project would accomplish little more than prolonging poor water management practices in the Colorado River Basin.
Colorado River Supply and Demand Study
The Colorado River Supply and Demand Study was implemented by the Department of the Interior in 2010. The purpose of the study is to look at the Colorado River’s future and identify imbalances between the existing and anticipated water supply and demand over the next 50 years. Since 2006, consumption of Colorado River resources has drastically exceeded the supply. Climate change, reduced flow levels, and increased population growth in the future will place an even stronger hold on these resources.
Draft EA - High Flow Release
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), has released a draft Environmental Assessment (Draft EA) that proposes a series of "high-flow experimental releases" (HFEs) of water from Glen Canyon Dam during the next ten years. These HFEs are intended to help restore the Grand Canyon ecosystem, which has been devastated since Glen Canyon Dam was completed in 1963. Unfortunately, the BOR's proposed action falls far short of what is needed to restore the Grand Canyon. The BOR needs to be pushed to take much stronger action that will truly restore the health of this globally important ecosystem.
Glen Canyon NRA ORV Plan
The National Park Service (NPS) is developing an off-road vehicle (ORV) management plan and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (NRA) in Arizona and Utah. The ORV Vehicle Management Plan / Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will evaluate a range of alternatives associated with recreational ORV use at Glen Canyon and their environmental impacts.