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Grand Canyon Flush Aims to Revive Colorado River

Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA
Image: Water flows from the number one and two jet tubes at the Glen Canyon Dam Wednesday, March 5, 2008, in Page, Ariz. The Department of Interior is experimenting with high flows of water from the dam to help, in part, to rebuild beaches along the Colorado River that runs through the Grand Canyon. Associated Press © 2008

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March 5, 2008 · The Grand Canyon will get a bath Wednesday — literally. The federal government hopes a 60-hour, controlled flood will help revitalize the Colorado River and replenish backwaters for several of the river's endangered species. Listen Here

More than 300,000 gallons of water per second were released from Lake Powell above the dam near the Arizona-Utah border. That's enough water to fill the Empire State Building in 20 minutes, said Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne.

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