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PAGE, ARIZONA Today, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will join other US officials to trigger the first "high-flow experimental release" at Glen Canyon Dam since 2008.
A Fragile, Unique, and Traditionally Important Landscape
The release is part of a new experimental release announced in May by Secretary Salazar to better distribute sediment to conserve downstream resources, while meeting water and power needs and allowing continued scientific experimentation, data collection, and monitoring to more fully address the important resources in the Colorado River below Glen Canyon Dam.
The High-Flow Experimental release will last for five days.
The protocol allows for more frequent High-Flow Experimental releases to be conducted when the right conditions exist, through the year 2020. The goal is to determine the effectiveness of multiple High-Flow Experimental releases in rebuilding and conserving sandbars, beaches, and associated backwater habitats that have been lost or depleted since the dam's construction and operation.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs' Western Regional Office works hand in hand with interested tribes and other participating agencies as part of the Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Program to ensure the fragile, unique, and traditionally important landscape is preserved and protected.
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High-Flow Experimental Water Release from Glen Canyon Dam
Ken Salazar, US Secretary of the Interior,
Anne Castle, Assistant Secretary for the Water and Science,
Jonathan B Jarvis, Director of the National Park Service,
Mike Connor, Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation
Monday, November 19
Glen Canyon Dam
posted November 19, 2012 6:40 am est