Field Trip

Exploring the Colorado River & adaptive management of Glen Canyon Dam under climate change

Thursday, October 8, full-day field trip  

The Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Program was established in 1997 to provide for long-term research and monitoring of the effects of Glen Canyon Dam and its operations on downstream resources. Scientific information obtained under the Adaptive Management Program is used as the basis for recommendations for experimental dam operations and other management actions. This all-day field trip will provide interested conference attendees a chance to tour Glen Canyon Dam, view Lake Powell under reduced storage, and experience the the downstream tailwater first hand by river boat. During the float trip, experts from the U.S. Geological Survey's Southwest Biological Science Center will discuss ongoing terrestrial and aquatic research and implications of dam operations within this unique regulated river segment. The float trip will be followed by a short walking tour of Lees Ferry with to visit to one of Grand Canyon's largest sandbars, a landscape feature that has been rapidly evolving as a result of ongoing High-Flow Experimental dam releases below the Paria River since 2012.

Additional Conference Fee: $125.00, which includes transportation, float trip, river-use fee, and boxed lunch.  

For more information, please contact Ted Melis, SBSC Deputy Director.