03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Ken Salazar Pushes For Man-Made Floods in Colorado River

Interior secretary Ken Salazar is calling for the Colorado River to be flooded in order protect habitats and archeological sites in the grand canyon.

The AP has the story:

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is calling for more manmade floods to be released from the Glen Canyon Dam into the Colorado River.

The flooding will build up sandbars and beaches in the Grand Canyon to protect wildlife and keep archaeological sites from eroding.

Salazar announced this week that the department would head up an effort to determine when and how high flow experiments should be conducted.

Environmentalists say the high flows are meaningless without a plan for more regular flows from Glen Canyon Dam.

The experiments would be similar to one in 2008 that sent torrents of water from the dam on the Arizona-Utah line to mimic natural flooding. But the results were short-lived, as newly built-up sandbars eroded within months.

Watch footage from the last time the interior department flooded the Colorado river in 2008:


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