Glen Canyon Restoration Work
Survey and collect aerial video and imagery of emerging riverine vegetation to assist restoration in Glen Canyon.
While consumption of the Colorado River Basin will see future cutbacks, through State agreements or Federal mandates, immediate action is needed.
We flew with photographers, Tribal leaders, and conservationists over Lake Powell, which is less than 26.6% full, at an elevation of 3,540 feet above sea level, barely surpassing the minimum target of 3,525 feet. In April, the lake reached 3,519 feet above see level, it lowest point since the Glen Canyon Dam was constructed and the lake was created. Emergency releases from nearby reservoirs were implemented to keep Glen Canyon Dam operational, securing 3 million people's electricity.
Lake Powell's summer recreation has been greatly affected. Isolated boats float far below entrance ramps, negatively affecting many local business operations. However, the resiliency of the region is admirable. As Lake Powell recedes, our flight partners are studying how the river, that has been inundated for decades, is recovering. Glen Canyon is returning to its former self, and our partners are analyzing the altered vegetation in the changing ecosystems. Miles and miles of river in the upper Glen Canyon have emerged, along with many rapids. As motorized watercraft activities are threatened, new recreational and economic opportunities in rafting, hiking, and biking are appearing.