Interior releases proposals for managing Glen Canyon Dam

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PAGE, Ariz. (AP) — A proposal favored by federal officials would ensure that man-made floods through the Grand Canyon continue.

The U.S. Department of the Interior released several proposals Friday to manage Glen Canyon Dam over 20 years.

The dam near the Arizona-Utah border holds back Lake Powell and produces power for Western states.

Officials have sent water gushing into the Colorado River several times to mimic the natural flows of the waterway. Sand deposited along the banks protects archaeological sites, and creates habitat for fish and wildlife, and beaches for river rafters.

The Interior Department's preferred proposal also establishes trigger points for future floods.

The draft environmental impact statement is available for public comment until April 7.

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