Glen Canyon Dam 2013 High Flow Experimental Release


We are able to do all this because of the cooperative relationships that have been formed around the operation of Glen Canyon Dam. The interests that brought this protocol home are multiple. They include the seven Colorado River Basin states, five Native American tribes that are represented in the Glen Canyon Adaptive Management Program, six Federal agencies in two different departments, recreation and environmental interests, power purchasers and power distributors. The protocol requires that any release be done in accordance with the law of the river and that ensures that we continue to meet our obligations to deliver water downstream for water supply for western communities, for the many tribes that rely on the Colorado River for agriculture, generating power that goes through the entire southwestern grid. It represents a balancing of many different interests. We have the interest in generation of clean renewable hydropower. We have the interest in providing reliability to the water supplies in the southwest. This river provides water to 31 million people and 5 million acres of irrigated land, some of the most valuable crop land in the entire world. It provides water to many Native American tribes and we’re also preserving unmatched national treasures, but this whole experiment is based on science. We’re talking about decades of river science here, geomorphology, fish and wildlife biology, cultural resources assessment. It also remains an experiment, so we’re learning by doing. This high flow release, I think, embodies the commitment of the Obama administration and of Secretary Sally Jewell to balanced conservation.

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  1. Does the law require that every HFE be accompanied by a long and boring speech? The science is interesting, the bureaucracy is not.

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