Colorado River Gets Overflow Benefits

November 27, 2012 By: Erin Block

The Colorado River is getting some help in the form of flooding; intentional overflow from Glen Canyon Dam. The three-day project started Sunday November 18th when Interior Secretary Ken Salazar opened the dam’s bypass tubes, letting out water which will flow up to 42,000 cubic feet at its peak. The series of floods planned by the Department of the Interior through 2020 will “protect both the Grand Canyon and the delivery of water for communities, agriculture, and industry,” says Salazar. And will hopefully restore sediment, sand bars, beaches, and vegetation along the river’s banks, helping native fish populations to once again thrive.