A story that stands like a dam: Glen Canyon and the struggle by Russell Martin

By Russell Martin

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 stream we all know this present day. Winner of the Caroline Bancroft historical past Prize, Martin's publication is out there back in a brand new version with a revised foreword. around the West, demands the removing of hydroelectric dams developed throughout 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 effect on ecological approaches downstream and its drowning of usual landscapes at the back of its headwall. a narrative THAT STANDS LIKE A DAM is as compelling and suitable this day because it was once while it used to be first released.

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Exquisite Glen Canyon would begin to go under that day; Rainbow Bridge, a small but significant part of the national park system, seemed very unlikelydespite the Congress's stated wishesto receive some sort of stay against encroachment; and now it was officially on the table: Dominy wanted to build two dams in the Grand Canyon, and Udall, the conservation-minded secretary of the Interior, wanted to let him do it. It took two days to shut off the river, to get the slide-gates closed in the west diversion tunnel and to pour the concrete that would form the first of a series of plugs.

The latest Wylie had heard was that Barry Goldwater, the Arizona senator who was making noises about running for president, had taken the time to go to bat for his old canyon country pal, Art Greene. Goldwater was pushing for the park service to resolve the whole hassle by making the Greenes its official Wahweap concessionaire, upgrading the de facto status the Greenes had enjoyed since 1959. 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.

Yet it also appears indisputable that despite the dead-serious intentions of the Sierra Club, the fledgling Glen Canyon Institute, and the publicity that their drain-the-lake movement recently has engendered, a national consensus to actually pull the plug is as remote and foreseeably impossible as is the chiseling back of Mount Rushmore so that it again resembles a rock. Perhaps most fundamentally important of all is the fact that there simply is no stupendous "plug" that could be pulled, even if all 220 million of us were to wake up one morning determined to do so.

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