“We strongly encourage the Bureau of Reclamation not to further restrict the flow of water through the Grand Canyon, and to quickly expedite a program and engineering solution to move water through or around the Glen Dam. Canyon, a dam that has lost its purpose and is now dragging down the entire Colorado River system with it,” Wockner said in a statement.
Environmental groups have been sounding the alarm for some time over Glen Canyon Dam becoming a liability to the Grand Canyon’s existence, with a recent article from AZ Central pointing out that the current mechanisms of the dam, which stops the flow of water at a certain threshold, would mean an absolute disaster for one of the first natural treasures of the country. This trapped water would also harm residents that depend on the Colorado River for water in Arizona, California and Nevada.
What’s nice about the Home Office’s plans is for the agency to accelerate the research and analysis phase of these bypass tubes, tackle aging infrastructure and make a more concerted effort to address decorative grass that has been more of a watersucker than anything. that enriches the communities that depend on the Colorado River system. In a statement announcing next steps to deal with the brutal drought gripping the South West, Home Secretary Deb Haaland called for cooperation to resolve this crisis, or at least move beyond its worst. effects :
We must work together to make the tough choices necessary to chart a sustainable future for the Colorado River system on which more than 40 million people depend. As we move forward, we will do so with key guiding principles, including collaboration, fairness and transparency. I pledge to put all resources to work to help manage the drought crisis and provide a sustainable water system for families, businesses and our vast and fragile ecosystems.