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Glen Canyon Dam holds back the waters of Lake Powell, a sprawling recreational reservoir that provides storage and power for residents along the Colorado River.

In a sign of how dire drought conditions have become in the American West, the Bureau of Reclamation will keep water in Lake Powell and add more water from the Flaming Gorge Reservoir upstream to stave off dropping water levels. Read more»

Lake Powell at the Glen Canyon Dam wall on Aug. 18, 2021, as the lake was at historic lows.

Officials from the seven Colorado River basin states agreed Friday with a federal plan to sharply cut releases from Lake Powell, as both groups scramble to protect water supplies and power generation by propping up the lake’s level. Read more»

La presa del Cañón de Glen reúne el río Colorado detrás de ella para generar energía hidroeléctrica. 'Estamos a 35 pies de no poder generar energía en el Cañón de Glen', dice Bob Martin, sub gerente de energía de la oficina para la cuenca superior del río Colorado.

Los niveles de agua en el lago Powell, el segundo embalse más grande de los EE. UU., han caído por debajo de los 3525 pies, un nivel crítico que amenaza el suministro de agua y la hidroelectricidad de Arizona para millones de personas. Read more»

Glen Canyon Dam pools the Colorado River behind it to generate hydroelectric power. 'We’re 35 feet away from not being able to generate power at Glen Canyon,' says Bob Martin, the bureau’s deputy power manager for the Upper Colorado River Basin.

Water levels on Lake Powell, the second largest reservoir in the U.S., have dropped below 3,525 feet – a critical level that threatens water supplies and hydroelectricity for millions of people. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation had predicted the threshold wouldn’t be reached until August. Read more»

If Pumped Hydro Storage’s permits are approved by the federal government, the Phoenix company would be allowed to assess the feasibility of building two hydroelectric storage projects on the Little Colorado River.

A Phoenix company wants to build two massive hydroelectric projects on the Little Colorado River. Environmentalists and Native Americans say the projects threaten life within the Canyon and would defile sacred land. Read more»

Water trickles out of the Glen Canyon Dam into Glen Canyon in a scene from 'Damnation,' a documentary film directed by Ben Knight and Travis Rommel.

The water crisis in the West has renewed debate about the effectiveness of major dams, with some pushing for the enormous Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River to be decommissioned Read more»

The Glen Canyon Dam backs up the Colorado River near the Arizona-Utah border, creating Lake Powell, which provides drinking water to 25 million people and generates 3 million megawatt hours of electricity a year.

A federal court panel said the government did not violate environmental law when it failed to subject annual plans for Glen Canyon Dam operations to a thorough environmental review. Read more»

The Glen Canyon Dam blocks the Colorado River near the Arizona-Utah border.

The Interior Department said it will test high-volume water releases from the Glen Canyon Dam in an effort to simulate natural flooding and improve sediment flow through the Grand Canyon. Read more»

About 125 river restoration scientists, managers and others interested in river restoration gathered in Tucson this week to hash out ideas for a river restoration guidebook.

Scientists from across the western U.S. and northern Mexico spend three days in Tucson exchanging ideas for protecting some of the two nations' most endangered rivers. Read more»