The operation of Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River affects several downstream resources and water uses including water supply for consumptive uses in Arizona, California, and Nevada, hydroelectric power production, endangered species of native fish, recreational angling for non-native fish, and recreational boating in the Grand Canyon. Decisions about the magnitude and timing of water releases through the dam involve trade-offs between these resources and uses. The numerous laws affecting dam operations create a hierarchy of legal priorities that should govern these decisions.
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Feller, Joseph M., Collaborative Management of Glen Canyon Dam: The Elevation of Social Engineering Over Law (July 18, 2008). Nevada Law Review, Vol. 8, P. 896, 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1698343