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July 18, 2019

For a while in 1983, sheets of plywood were all that kept the mighty Glen Canyon Dam from overflowing

"Lake Powell wasn't always half empty. In 1983, the reservoir filled nearly to overflowing, and saved by resourceful engineers and a lot of concrete."

Living Rivers would like to remind readers that spillways are not how an agency properly manages a big snow melt. Foresight planning and prudent reservoir management is how an agency should manage a flood. This incident was a human mistake that nearly caused an incomprehensible, catastrophic tragedy of epic proportion.

A story by John D'Anna in the Arizona Republic

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