Water power and flood control of Colorado River below Green River, Utah

Water Supply Paper 556
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  • Plates:
    • Plate II (pdf) Map of Colorado River drainage basin below Green River, Utah
    • Plate III (pdf) Profile of the Colorado River from Dolores River to the Gulf of California and Green River from Green River, Utah to Colorado River
    • Plate XV (pdf) Diagram showing rock formation on left bank of Colorado River and location of dam sites between Lee's Ferry and Parker, Arizona
    • Plate LXXIV (pdf) Chart showing estimated annual discharge of Colorado River at Lee's Ferry, Arizona, 1851-1922
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The purpose of this report is to present the facts regarding available water supply and all known dam sites on Colorado River between Cataract Canyon, Utah, and Parker, Ariz., and to show the relative value of these dam sites. To determine the relative value of the dam sites, a comprehensive plan of development for Colorado River below the mouth of Green River is presented that will provide for the maximum practicable utilization of the potential power, maximum preservation of water for irrigation, effective elimination of the flood menace, and adequate solution of the silt problem. This plan, which is preliminary and is offered by the writer to show the basis for his conclusions relative to flood control, irrigation, power development, and silt storage, contemplates the construction of 13 dams making available 3,383 feet of head for the development of power and a maximum of 42,000,000 acre-feet of storage capacity for the control of floods, equalization of flow, and storage of silt.

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Water power and flood control of Colorado River below Green River, Utah
Series title Water Supply Paper
Series number 556
DOI 10.3133/wsp556
Year Published 1925
Language English
Publisher Government Printing Office
Publisher location Washington, D.C.
Contributing office(s) California Water Science Center, Utah Water Science Center
Description Report: x, 176 p.; 4 Plates: 30.00 x 23.25 inches or smaller
Country United States
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