Man-Made Flood in Grand Canyon

More than 300,000 gallons of water per second was released from the Glen Canyon Dam into the Grand Canyon today.

This man-made flood is made to simulate natural ones that used to nourish the Grand Canyon's ecosystem:

"This gives you a glimpse of what nature has been doing for millions of years, cutting through and creating this magnificent canyon," Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne said after he pulled the lever releasing the water from the Glen Canyon Dam.

More than 300,000 gallons of water per second were being released from Lake Powell above the dam near the Arizona-Utah border, enough water to fill the Empire State Building in 20 minutes, Kempthorne said.

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arent we still facing drought in some area in this country? and so we decide to "simulate" a flood in the middle of no where, for no apparent reason, with 300,000 gallons of water.. wonderful. no wonder we're all f'd
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"... what nature has been doing for millions of years..."

I thought the Grand Canyon was about 4,000 years old and was created when the water drained away after the Great Flood.
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Its snowed so damn much up here this year that this must be the first time in Ages they have released any significant amount of water from Glen Canyon. Lake Powell has been so low it was alarming to go there and see so much of the lake bed exposed. I wonder if it'll snow some more.
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