Reclamation Extends Comment Period on Glen Canyon Dam Operations EIS

After receiving a number of requests, the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Park Service decided to extend the scoping period for a new Environmental Impact Statement related to the operation of Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River from Dec. 30 to Jan. 31.

During the scoping period, agencies determine what factors to consider in the EIS and gather comments from the public to identify social, economic and environmental concerns and project alternatives to evaluate.

The EIS, which is jointly led by Reclamation and the Park Service, involves adopting a Long-Term Experimental and Management Plan for the Operation of Glen Canyon Dam.

The plan, the first comprehensive review of dam operations in 15 years, will ensure that regulated flows on the Colorado River meet the goals of supplying hydroelectricity and water for communities, agriculture and industry; protecting endangered species; and lessening the impact on downstream ecosystems, including the Grand Canyon and Glen Canyon.

Changes to current water flows will be evaluated as “alternatives” in the EIS.

For more information on the EIS or how to submit a comment, visit the project’s web site.

7 Comments

  • By xxx, December 8, 2011 @ 4:06 am

    The environment is very important nowadays, it is necessary to strive for that many people are concerned about the problem

  • By Vin, January 11, 2012 @ 3:30 am

    Water flow is such a great eco-friendly resource, like sun, when operated in the right way. I hope the new EIS will bring about positive changes. Thanks for the efforts!

  • By Glen, February 7, 2012 @ 3:54 am

    After last year’s events in Japan using water, wind and solar energy looks like the wisest possible solution. Floods, tsunamis and hurricanes show that there is plenty and even excess of energy, what we need is to capture it.

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