Glen Canyon Dam to Operate for at Least Another 20 Years

Dec 16, 2016

The U.S. Department of the Interior has agreed to manage the Glen Canyon Dam for at least another twenty years. 

Credit U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says the decision comes after an environmental study and consulting with various states and the Navajo Nation. The plan also calls for a continued use of high flow experiments which are used to restore sand bars and habitats along the river. The new plan does not change the amount of water states and agencies get from the Colorado River.

Critics of Glen Canyon Dam say it’s obsolete and the Lake Powell reservoir is too wasteful.