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Glen Canyon To Release Water To Meet Increased Power Demand

By Ron Dungan
Published: Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - 12:37pm
Updated: Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 1:34pm

A night view of an experimental high flow at Glen Canyon Dam in 2012.
Andy Pernick/U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
Glen Canyon Dam.

The Bureau of Reclamation is releasing water below Glen Canyon Dam to create power as excessive heat continues to drive demand.

The water releases will lead to rising levels on the Colorado River.

The Bureau is releasing water from Glen Canyon and may do the same on the Green River below Utah’s Flaming Gorge Dam.

Both dams can generate power on demand, and have been placed on alert due to a Western heat wave.

The Bureau says that water levels may begin to rise without warning and urges people to use caution if they are on the river.

The releases are expected to continue until the heat wave subsides. 

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