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Student Presentation: The Flaming Gorge Dam by Kendyl and Jordan
 

Student Presentation: The Flaming Gorge Dam by Kendyl and Jordan

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A student presentation made by students in "The Waterless West" course, part of the 2011 NCSSM Summer Symposium on the Global Water Crisis

A student presentation made by students in "The Waterless West" course, part of the 2011 NCSSM Summer Symposium on the Global Water Crisis

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    Student Presentation: The Flaming Gorge Dam by Kendyl and Jordan Student Presentation: The Flaming Gorge Dam by Kendyl and Jordan Presentation Transcript

    • Flaming Gorge Dam
      Jordan N. & KendylW.
    • Why?
      Supplies part of a hydroelectric power plant
      Part of the Colorado River Project
      Vital water storage for those in surrounding area of the Colorado River
      Creates the Flaming Gorge Reservoir
      Creates places of recreation
    • Engineering
      Building began in June of 1958
      Finished: 1964
      1977: one of the turbines at the base in the hydroelectric plant jammed; three seal rings had to be replaced
      failed again and were replaced once more
    • Controversies
      Originally supposed to be built in Echo National Park inside of Dinosaur National Monument
      Opposition from conservation groups, including the Sierra Club, forced it to relocate
      “Should we flood the Sistine Chapel so that the visitors can get closer to the ceiling?”
    • Serving the Public
      Provides a source of hydroelectricity
      Provides places for recreation
      Provides drinking water for the residents of the Upper Colorado River
    • Disservice
      Cut fishing down for residents
      Lowered the temperature of the water
      Created sandbars upstream
      Caused increased damage to existing habitats by introducing new species
      Native species were damaged
    • Resources
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flaming_Gorge_Dam
      http://beehivearchive.wordpress.com/2008/05/13/the-building-of-flaming-gorge-dam/
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flaming_Gorge_Reservoir
      http://www.ead.anl.gov/pub/doc/flaminggorgeflowrecs.pdf