Controlled Flooding of the Colorado River in Grand Canyon: the Rationale and Data-Collection Planned

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Title Controlled Flooding of the Colorado River in Grand Canyon: the Rationale and Data-Collection Planned
Creator Anderson, Mark T.; Graf, Julia B.; Marzolf, G. Richard
Subject Water levels; Flood control; Flood dams and reservoirs
Spatial Coverage Colorado River (Colo.-Mexico); Colorado; Glen Canyon (Utah and Ariz.); Grand Canyon (Ariz.)
Description Controlled flooding of the Colorado River by releases from Glen Canyon Dam has been proposed as a way to manage sediment and other resources in the Grand Canyon. Floods are a natural occurrence of rivers and, in the case of the Colorado River, the architect of the Grand Canyon landscape. Scientists have proposed a controlled flood in response to resource managers' request for ways to restore some of the pre-dam resource conditions. Floods are expected to suspend sand moved to the river bottom by lower flows and deposit it along the river banks where it will be above water after the flood recedes. In this way, the limited sand resources can be utilized to preserve habitat for plants and animals and for use by river runners and campers. Because some effects of a clear water flood from Glen Canyon Dam are uncertain, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the Bureau of Reclamation and the National Park Service, has planned a short period of controlled flooding to provide in
Publisher U. S. Geological Survey
Date 1996
Type Text
Format application/pdf
Digitization Specifications pdf file copied from USGS website (http://water.usgs.gov/pubs/fs/FS-089-96/). Uploaded into CONTENTdm version 3.7.
Identifier http://water.usgs.gov/pubs/fs/FS-089-96/
Source Anderson, Mark T.; Graf, Julia B.; Marzolf, G. Richard, Controlled Flooding of the Colorado River in Grand Canyon: the Rationale and Data-Collection Planned, Tucson, Arizona: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 089-96, 2 p.
Language eng
Rights Management Public Domain, Courtesy of the USGS
Holding Institution University of Utah
Metadata Cataloger Kristin Willmore
ARK ark:/87278/s61z4398
Setname wwdl_er
Date Created 2005-08-10
Date Modified 2005-10-19
ID 1145875
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s61z4398