LAS VEGAS (AP) — The federal government is committing to at least another 20 years of use from a huge Colorado River dam it calls crucial to water and power in the West, but that critics say is unstable and should be removed.
U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell signed documents at a water conference Thursday in Las Vegas for the federal Bureau of Reclamation keep managing Glen Canyon Dam through 2036.
Jewell says the decision received five years of study about economic, technical, social and environmental factors.
She says it’s supported by states, the National Parks Conservation Association, Western Area Power Administration, Navajo Nation, Grand Canyon river rafting groups and the public.
The Denver-based advocacy group Save the Colorado calls the dam in Arizona obsolete and its Lake Powell reservoir too wasteful to keep.