Saturday, May 30, 2009

Court rules Colorado River must mimic natural flow

The Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff) reports a federal judge has ordered the Interior Dept. that it must operate "Glen Canyon Dam [right, credit U.S. Bur. of Reclamation] so that the Colorado River mimics natural flows, even if less electric power is produced." Currently, flow from the dam is determined principally by demands for electricity generation from customers in the Southwest.

The Grand Canyon Trust and Earthjustice had sued saying the US Fish & Wildlife Service had changed their scientific findings under political pressure, that had shown the release rates were eroding beaches and harming fish habitat.

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