History of the Glen Canyon Dam

The Glen Canyon Dam USBR.GOV (GCD) was constructed within traditional Southern Paiute territory [website page 2] to control the flow of the Colorado River and create and provide hydropower for cities in the Southwestern United States. The dam was completed by the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) in 1963, in what by then was identified as the Grand Canyon National Park, creating Lake Powell just upstream. It flooded San Juan Paiute farms and affected the plants, animals, and culturally significant places downstream. In 1972, the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area was created by Congress to include Lake Powell and lands adjacent to the lake in the states of Arizona and Utah, including the stretch along the Colorado River from the dam to Lees Ferry.

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