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A story that stands like a dam: Glen Canyon and the struggle by Russell Martin

By Russell Martin

During this vintage narrative heritage of the development of Glen Canyon Dam within the Fifties and Sixties, Russell Martin has captured the person, cultural, political, and environmental dramas that introduced into being the environmental move we all know this day. Winner of the Caroline Bancroft background Prize, Martin's booklet is accessible back in a brand new version with a revised foreword. around the West, demands the removing of hydroelectric dams developed through the Bureau of Reclamation's grand century of dam-building are being heard. greater than thirty years later Glen Canyon Dam continues to be on the vortex of controversy, either due to its impression on ecological procedures downstream and its drowning of normal landscapes at the back of its headwall. a narrative THAT STANDS LIKE A DAM is as compelling and appropriate at the present time because it was once while it used to be first released.

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In 1871, his great-grandfather, John D. Lee, a legendary Mormon pioneer, had settled briefly with his seventeenth wife, Emma, on the shore of the Colorado 15 miles downstream from the place where Glen Canyon Dam now stood, and his people Page 10 had been proud and influential Arizonans ever since. As far as the young Interior secretary with the piercing eyes and the burr haircut was concerned, the rocky, rough, and very remote country surrounding Lee's Ferry and including Rainbow Bridge was his country, and it was the most captivating of all the desert canyonlands.

Udall was convinced that Rainbow Bridge would have to be destroyed if it were to be saved. Although in those first years of the 1960s, America's conservation organizations were not at all comfortable with Udall's record on water projects, in other respects his early stewardship of Interior had seemed enlightened compared with that of his Eisenhower-administration predecessors, Fred Seaton and Douglas "Give-Away" McKay. One thing that was very much in his favor. as the conservationists saw it, was that Udall wanted to add vast new acreage to the national park system.

Although technically it wouldn't be as big as Lake Mead down on the Nevada border, it would seem bigger and it would be far more beautiful. Hell, they were already making movies here. Just a month ago, moviemaker George Stevens had brought in John Wayne and Charlton Heston and hundreds more Hollywood people to shoot a picture he was calling The Greatest Story Ever Told. Page had bulged at its seams, and the wife of every lowboy driver and jackhammer man on the job had put a sheet over her head to play the part of an extra.

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