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By Russell Martin

During this vintage narrative heritage of the development of Glen Canyon Dam within the Nineteen Fifties and Sixties, Russell Martin has captured the person, cultural, political, and environmental dramas that introduced into being the environmental stream we all know this day. Winner of the Caroline Bancroft historical past Prize, Martin's e-book is obtainable back in a brand new variation with a revised foreword. around the West, demands the elimination of hydroelectric dams built in the course of the Bureau of Reclamation's grand century of dam-building are being heard. greater than thirty years later Glen Canyon Dam continues to be on the vortex of controversy, either as a result of its influence on ecological approaches downstream and its drowning of ordinary landscapes at the back of its headwall. a narrative THAT STANDS LIKE A DAM is as compelling and suitable at the present time because it used to be whilst it was once first released.

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This dam, ten million tons of it, would halt the relentless Colorado River itself. Wedged between the canyon walls like a keystone and rising 710 feet above the bedrock, this dam would utterly obstruct a river that collects the drainage of much of the western flank of the Rocky Mountains, a river whose watershed encompasses 244,000 square miles. Trapping the river between the canyon's serpentine walls, the dam would create a slackwater reservoir 186 miles in length, the longest in the world, covering Creeping Dune to a depth of 350 feet, reaching up Lake Canyon as far as that dune which itself was once a dam.

As far as Brower and his confederates were concerned, the situation was very simple: since Congress had mandated that the Glen Canyon project could not be built without Page 9 adequate additional measures to protect Rainbow Bridge from encroachment, the lake legally could not begin to rise until those measures had been taken. If all of Glen Canyon could be spared in the interim, well, that would be a substantial, if temporary, additional victory. What the conservationists wanted the Bureau of Reclamation to do was to build a dam downstream from the monument that would prevent the lake from encroaching upon it.

Nonetheless, the hydrologist heralded how much sense it would make to build the first dam right there, speaking nonstop about the beauty of the plan before the flotilla traveled four more miles to its landing at Lee's Ferry, the commission members making their way by rough road to Flagstaff, then by train to Santa Fe. It was the Reclamation Service's 1921 announcement that it was recommending construction of the so-called All-American Canal to carry water from the lower Colorado to California's Imperial Valleyas well as proposing the expeditious building of a large storage dam somewhere upstream on the main stem of the riverthat really had set the seven states to quarreling.

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