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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 move we all know this present day. Winner of the Caroline Bancroft historical past Prize, Martin's booklet is out there back in a brand new version with a revised foreword. around the West, demands the removing of hydroelectric dams developed throughout the Bureau of Reclamation's grand century of dam-building are being heard. greater than thirty years later Glen Canyon Dam remains to be on the vortex of controversy, either due to its impression on ecological techniques downstream and its drowning of usual landscapes in the back of its headwall. a narrative THAT STANDS LIKE A DAM is as compelling and suitable this day because it was once while it was once first released.

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The members of the Colorado River Commission, meanwhile, working independently of the USGS survey and already having met for months with no success in their attempt to devise an agreeable way to divide the river, decided to convene in Santa Fe, New Mexico, at the end of the year to try once again to hammer out an accord; there really wasn't any need for the commission to wait for the USGS report on the lower canyons before it completed its own business. Page 23 For his part, E. C. LaRue was delighted that the downstream canyons had yet to be studied.

Brower planned to remind Secretary Udall of that very specific language within the Colorado River Storage Project enabling legislation, and to implore him not to let the diversion tunnel at Glen Canyon be sealednot today and not until someday down the line when Rainbow Bridge had been blocked adequately from the rising water. But Secretary Udall did not meet with Brower that morning, not because he was entirely unsympathetic to his cause, but because that daythat day in particularhe had other fish to fry.

It had been compromise, they reminded Udall, that had doomed Glen Canyon in the first place. Early in the 1950s, the Bureau of Reclamation had proposed building a series of storage reservoirs on the Green and Colorado rivers in the upper Colorado basin, including a huge dam in Dinosaur National Monument up north on the Utah-Colorado border as well as the dam in Glen Canyon. Few conservationists were in favor of any of the proposed dams, but all were adamant in their opposition to the Echo Park project inside Dinosaur.

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