Helping dam north of Grand Canyon balance environment, hydropower needs

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Argonne National Laboratory have helped develop a plan for the operation of Glen Canyon Dam in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, upstream of Grand Canyon National Park. The plan, known as the Glen Canyon Dam Long-Term Experimental and Management Plan and documented in a final environmental impact statement, recommends a strategy that would balance hydropower with the protection of environmental, cultural and recreational resources in the area. The plan, which was released earlier this month, is designed to be flexible and responsive to changing conditions and new information, so that operations can be adjusted to improve conditions. The report is the first step in a 20-year experimental, management and environmental monitoring effort conducted by the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation, the National Park Service and the U.S. Geological Survey.

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