By Russell Martin
During this vintage narrative historical past of the development of Glen Canyon Dam within the Fifties and Nineteen Sixties, Russell Martin has captured the person, cultural, political, and environmental dramas that introduced into being the environmental stream we all know this day. Winner of the Caroline Bancroft heritage Prize, Martin's ebook is accessible back in a brand new variation with a revised foreword. around the West, demands the removing of hydroelectric dams built throughout the Bureau of Reclamation's grand century of dam-building are being heard. greater than thirty years later Glen Canyon Dam remains to be on the vortex of controversy, either due to its effect on ecological methods downstream and its drowning of usual landscapes at the back of its headwall. a narrative THAT STANDS LIKE A DAM is as compelling and appropriate this present day because it used to be while it was once first released.
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Extra resources for A story that stands like a dam: Glen Canyon and the struggle for the soul of the West
Page 19 By the middle of July, the conveyor and cableway operators, signalmen, and cement finishers had added a few more feet of mud to the block, and the end was almost in sight. Fifty miles upstream from the dam, the reservoir had backed up Forbidding Canyon far enough to spill into Bridge Canyon, and the tourists whom Art Greene guided to Rainbow Bridge had to walk little more than a mile to enter the national monument. The reservoir had risen 14 additional feet during the month, but, with the runoff receding, and with the water climbing the high, widening canyon walls and reaching ever farther up the side streams, this implausible new lake in the desert now was gaining only an inch a day.
The book was being readied for publication on the day Lem Wylie shut the river off. Fifty-two days passed before the lake ebbed high enough for its water to slip into the east diversion tunnel, where it met three temporary outlet gates that would control downstream flows until the power plant's penstockstheir intakes still high and dry on the face of the damwere reached by the rising reservoir. On March 13, two of the gates were screwed shut; the third gate was lowered to precisely 50 inches, just enough to allow 1,000 cubic feet of water per second to escape downstream to keep distant Lake Mead from going dry.
It was on the morning of January 21, by coincidence, that Stewart Udall had scheduled a press conference to announce his department's plans for an entirely new series of western dams, diversions, and delivery canals, a project that would dwarf what currently was being accomplished at Glen Canyon and elsewhere in the upper Colorado basin. With Reclamation Commissioner Dominy at his side, and with Brower now listening at the back of the room, Udall introduced with obvious enthusiasm and a certain public-relations flourish what Reclamation's imagineers had dubbed the Pacific Southwest Water Plana monumental dam, pump, and pipe system that would water vast new acreage in Arizona and California as well as deliver new supplies to the region's burgeoning cities.
A story that stands like a dam: Glen Canyon and the struggle for the soul of the West by Russell Martin