CASE STUDY: Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Program

August 1, 2018

This case study on the Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management program is part of a series of case studies that the Georgetown Climate Center developed to inform efforts to implement innovative restoration projects in the Gulf Coast region after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The synthesis report, Building Gulf Coast Resilience: Opportunities After Deep Water Horizon, and accompanying case studies present lessons for improving coordination among state and federal decisionmakers, expediting environmental review and permitting, and accounting for climate impacts in the design and management of restoration projects.

This case study, Lessons from the Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Program, explores the Long-Term Experimental and Management Plan developed to inform operations and management of the Glen Canyon Dam. It describes how an adaptive management approach is helping to minimize conflicts among the diverse interests affected by dam operations, including power generation, water supply and allocations, habitats and species in the Colorado River ecosystem, recreational users, and cultural and archaeological sites important to Native American Tribes in the region.

Other case studies explore the Hurricane Sandy Recovery and the California WaterFix.