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By Russell Martin

ISBN-10: 087480597X

ISBN-13: 9780874805970

During this vintage narrative historical past of the development of Glen Canyon Dam within the Fifties and Sixties, Russell Martin has captured the person, cultural, political, and environmental dramas that introduced into being the environmental flow we all know this day. Winner of the Caroline Bancroft heritage Prize, Martin's booklet is accessible back in a brand new version with a revised foreword. around the West, demands the elimination of hydroelectric dams developed through the Bureau of Reclamation's grand century of dam-building are being heard. greater than thirty years later Glen Canyon Dam continues to be on the vortex of controversy, either as a result of its impression on ecological strategies downstream and its drowning of traditional landscapes at the back of its headwall. a narrative THAT STANDS LIKE A DAM is as compelling and correct this day because it was once while it used to be first released.

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During this vintage narrative background of the development of Glen Canyon Dam within the Nineteen Fifties and Nineteen Sixties, Russell Martin has captured the person, cultural, political, and environmental dramas that introduced into being the environmental circulation we all know this day. Winner of the Caroline Bancroft historical past Prize, Martin's ebook is offered back in a brand new variation with a revised foreword.

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And maybe Page 16 that would be the simplest solution. On the day that they shut the river off, Wylie was well aware, a 200-foot-wide boat ramp already lay out on Wahweap Point waiting for water, and nearby was the Greenes' cafe and a general store, a campground, and a fancy new trailer park complete with hookups. By summertime, with all but a thousand cubic feet per second of the Colorado River languishing behind the dam, Art Greene planned to ferry tourists to Rainbow Bridge and back in less than a single day.

In contrast, they contended, the Glen Canyon site was far too distant from the civilized regions of the Southwest, there were no towns or roads or rail lines within hundreds of miles, and the sandstone walls of the canyon would be of dubious reliability in supporting the weight of a massive dam and reservoir. What the Arizonans liked best about the Glen Canyon site was that it was entirely within the boundaries of their state. Given a requisite system of tunnels, siphons, and canals, water stored at Glen Page 22 Canyon could flow by gravity to the dry valleys and population centers to the south.

On the day that they shut the river off, Wylie was well aware, a 200-foot-wide boat ramp already lay out on Wahweap Point waiting for water, and nearby was the Greenes' cafe and a general store, a campground, and a fancy new trailer park complete with hookups. By summertime, with all but a thousand cubic feet per second of the Colorado River languishing behind the dam, Art Greene planned to ferry tourists to Rainbow Bridge and back in less than a single day. The use of the Colorado for regular commercial recreation had begun almost a decade before Art Greene's Canyon Tours boats first floated the ruddy waters of Glen Canyon.

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