By Russell Martin
During this vintage narrative heritage of the development of Glen Canyon Dam within the Nineteen Fifties and Sixties, Russell Martin has captured the person, cultural, political, and environmental dramas that introduced into being the environmental stream we all know at the present time. Winner of the Caroline Bancroft background 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 built through 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 strategies downstream and its drowning of normal landscapes in the back of its headwall. a narrative THAT STANDS LIKE A DAM is as compelling and correct at the present time because it used to be whilst it used to be 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
Nevills was followed in the early 1950s by several friends and former employeesthat second generation of river outfitters initially carrying as many Reclamation engineers and uranium prospectors through the desert canyons as tourists. River travel was still considered a kind of crazed adventure in those days, and the few people who spent their vacations riding rapids and sleeping on sandbars were assumed to possess a decided daredevil streak. But by the second half of the decade, by the time Glen Canyon seemed likely, then certain to go under, more and more people wanted to know what was hidden in that sinuous place, wanted to see it before it Page 17 disappeared, and a launch or two a week from Hite at the head of the canyon was common during the summer months.
As far as the Californians were concerned, the dam should be built downstream, near the locations where the river already was being diverted and put to use, nearer to the coastal cities that would consume the electricity the dam would produce. The granite in Boulder and Black canyons was unassailable, and the small Mormon town of Las Vegas, Nevadaa few miles west of either of the two dam sites they preferredcould serve as a ready supply center. 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.
Although the low water caused the outboards to clog periodically with silt, the downstream trip went smoothly. The group visited Anasazi ruins, which in those days more commonly were called Moqui sites, and an abandoned gold dredge rotting away in mid-river, and some of the party even hiked the six miles to the impossibly large and lovely stone arch known as Rainbow Bridge. Later, LaRue gave a grand tour of his dam site, although there was little to show but the high canyon walls. Nonetheless, the hydrologist heralded how much sense it would make to build the first dam right there, speaking nonstop about the beauty of the plan before the flotilla traveled four more miles to its landing at Lee's Ferry, the commission members making their way by rough road to Flagstaff, then by train to Santa Fe.
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