updated 11/20/2012 12:54:12 PM ET
Grand Canyon is flooding — but that’s a good thing
Effort under way to rebuild beaches and restore fish habitat on dammed Colorado River
The Colorado River cascaded in a flood from the Glen Canyon Dam Monday, the first step in an ongoing experiment to rebuild beaches and fish habitat in the iconic Grand Canyon.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar opened the dam’s bypass tubes at noon Mountain Time, releasing a spectacular display of gushing water. The six-day flood started ramping up Sunday night at 11 p.m. MT, and the peak-flow of 42,000 cubic feet (1,189 cubic meters) per second is scheduled to last from 9 p.m. Monday night through 10 p.m. on Tuesday, according to a statement from the Bureau of Reclamation.
“This is truly an historic milestone for the Colorado River, Grand Canyon National Park and the United States Bureau of Reclamation,” Salazar said. “This new protocol developed by Reclamation will protect both the Grand Canyon and the delivery of water for communities, agriculture and industry,” he said read more…