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Glen Canyon Release Will Flood Colorado River, Distribute Sediment

Colorado River
(KJZZ file photo)
The Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.

Campsites along the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon will be in shorter supply because of flooding. The floods are actually part of a plan to increase fishing and restore the river to its more natural habitat.

A high-flow release from Glen Canyon Dam, upstream from the Grand Canyon, is scheduled to start today and end Friday

Sediment from river channels will be re-deposited downstream on sandbars and beaches along the river. Most of the sediment once deposited throughout the Grand Canyon now is trapped behind Glen Canyon Dam near the Arizona-Utah border.

The intent of the flooding is to mimic pre-dam conditions.

Grand Canyon officials say most campsites will be smaller and some low-lying sites might not be usable.

It's the third scheduled flooding under an experimental plan approved in 2012.

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