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Letter: Controlled releases from dams are necessary and beneficial

Joye Ray must watch out whom she calls silly (“Releasing water in surges requires knowing its impact downstream,” Public Forum, April 6). The very function of managed releases from Glen Canyon Dam used to be to erode circulation banks and re-establish new seashores and sandbars, simply because the Colorado River has performed for millennia prior to being harnessed by means of guy. This is necessary for the myriad species that decision the Grand Canyon house.

According to block managers, “Using dam operations to create a flood that mimics pre-dam natural flooding in the watershed, the sediment carried and deposited downstream in Grand Canyon National Park will build sandbars that provide key wildlife habitat for animals and fish, create recreational opportunities for the public, and protect archaeological resources.” That’s the river’s activity.

If a couple of farmers have been inconvenienced within the procedure, that’s the collateral value of people enforcing our will on Mother Nature.

David E. Jensen, Holladay

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