By Mark W. T. Harvey
Harvey info the 1st significant conflict among conservationists and builders after international warfare II, the winning struggle to avoid the construction of Echo Park Dam. The dam at the eco-friendly River used to be meant to create a leisure lake in northwest Colorado and generate hydroelectric strength, yet may have flooded picturesque Echo Park Valley and threatened Dinosaur nationwide Monument, straddling the Utah-Colorado border close to Wyoming. Mark W. T. Harvey is affiliate professor of heritage at North Dakota country collage in Fargo.
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5 million acre-feet every year. In order to accomplish such a feat, as well as to be able to utilize their own allotment, the upper basin had to be able to regulate the river with dams above Lee's Ferry, the dividing point of the upper and lower basins. Only by capturing surplus water in wet years could the upper basin make use of its own share while also meeting its delivery requirements under the Compact. 11 By the late I930S the upper-basin states were urging the Bureau to pay attention to their own water demands.
And while the Park Service was glad to have the new monument, the agency could not afford to build roads or properly administer the new preserve for a number of years after the proclamation. Still another reason for its lack of identity was that few devotees of national parks outside the government had anything to do with its establishment. Conservation activists, except for a handful in Colorado and Utah, did not notice this new preserve. Groups who played leading roles in the Echo Park controversy, such as the Sierra I6 Chapter I Club and the Wilderness Society, had no interest in Dinosaur in the I930S and had not been involved in its creation.
Instead of water spreading out on a broad plain, the narrow shape of the pool would help to minimize evaporation, perhaps the greatest enemy the Bureau faced in the arid West. In this regard the Echo Park site was superior to the Browns Park site mentioned in the I 9 38 proclamation. A dam there-in upper Lodore Canyon-would back water north into Browns Park, where the reservoir would expand over a wide area and greatly increase evaporation. During World War II, when population and economic growth brought greater demands for power, the Bureau had further reason to favor Echo Park over the Browns Park location.
A Symbol of Wilderness: Echo Park and the American Conservation Movement by Mark W. T. Harvey