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This website hosts an administrative history of the Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Program (GCDAMP).

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Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Program

This website hosts an administrative history of the Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Program (GCDAMP).

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This program is considered to be one of the most successful examples of adaptive management in the nation.
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Digital Archive

This archive includes government reports, oral history interviews and other relevant information about Colorado River law, environmental protection law, hydropower regulation, the Glen Canyon Environmental Studies that served as a precursor to GCDAMP, and the activities of the Adaptive Management Work Group, the Technical Work Group, and the U.S. Geological Survey’s Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center.

GCDAMP Timeline

Historical events in years

  • Bonytail chub

    Bonytail chub listed as endangered.

  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service files jeopardy opinion on the effects of Glen Canyon Dam on endangered fishes

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service files jeopardy opinion on the effects of Glen Canyon Dam on endangered fishes.

  • Experimental fish programs launched

    Experiment begun to remove nonnative fish from the Colorado River in Grand Canyon. Fluctuating nonnative fish suppression releases from January through March implemented and continued through 2005.

Oral Histories

Oral history interviews

Recordings of interviews are annotated, transcribed and timestamped.

Robert (Bob) Lynch

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Anonymous Subject

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Kurt Dongoske

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John C. "Jack" Schmidt

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Stakeholders

The GCDAMP is comprised of a variety of stakeholders with disparate interests in the resource. They range from federal and state agencies, Native American Indian Tribes, the Colorado River Basin States, electrical utility consortia, recreational groups, and environmental groups.

Federal and State Agencies
Native American Indian Tribes
Colorado River Basin States
Electrical Utility Consortia
Recreational Groups
Environmental Groups
Adaptive Management Work Group
Technical Work Group
Work Groups
The Adaptive Management Work Group and its smaller Technical Work Group work by consensus and strive for balance in making recommendations to the federal government regarding the operation of Glen Canyon Dam and the protection of downstream resources.

The Adaptive Management Work Group

Strives for balance and consensus on how to protect downstream resources in their recommendations to the Secretary on the operation of the dam.

Provides framework

Develops recommendations

Facilitates coordination

AMWG
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Technical Work Group

Comprised of technical representatives from each group represented by AMWG and performs tasks assigned by that group.

Develops criteria and standards

Provides reviews and updates

Develops resource management questions

TWG
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Exhibits

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