Interior to manage Glen Canyon Dam, Lake Powell through 2036

U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Dec. 15 signed an agreement that allows the Federal Bureau of Reclamation to manage the Glen Canyon Dam and the Lake Powell reservoir in Arizona through 2036.

The agreement “provides certainty and predictability to those that use water and power from the dam,” Jewell said, while also providing environmental protection for fish and wildlife in the Grand Canyon, through which the dam sends water to Lake Mead and Hoover Dam near Las Vegas, Nevada.

The facility is rated with a generating capacity of about 1,320 MW.

Glen Canyon, which was completed in 1964, has eight hydroelectric turbine generators that the Bureau of Reclamation says produce about 5 billion kilowatt-hours of hydroelectric power per year for distribution by the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) to Nebraska and six of seven Colorado River basin states.

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