Flaming Gorge Dam
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Flaming Gorge Dam,in a deep canyon of the Green River, NE Utah; built 1958–63 by the U.S. Bureau of ReclamationReclamation, United States Bureau of,
agency set up in the Dept. of the Interior under the Reclamation Act of 1902. It is charged with promoting regional economies by developing water and related land resources in the West.
..... Click the link for more information. as a major unit in the Colorado River storage projectColorado River storage project,
a multipurpose plan, undertaken by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation in 1956, to control the flow of the upper Colorado and its tributaries and to aid in the development of the rugged, remote upper Colorado River basin; includes parts of Wyo.
..... Click the link for more information. . The dam regulates the flow of the upper river and produces hydroelectricity. Flaming Gorge Lake, extending 91 mi (146 km) upstream, is part of Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area, administered by the U.S. Forest Service. The canyon was named in 1869 by the U.S. explorer John Wesley PowellPowell, John Wesley,
1834–1902, American geologist and ethnologist, b. Mt. Morris (now part of New York City). The family moved to Illinois, where Powell joined the Natural History Society, making collections and serving as secretary of the society.
..... Click the link for more information. because the brilliant red gorge, from a distance, looked as if it were on fire.