Taming the Colorado

Taming the Colorado (HM23V8)

Location: Willow Beach, AZ 86445 Mohave County
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Country: United States of America
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N 35° 52.927', W 114° 36.92'

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You are looking into Black Canyon and a narrow,
river-like portion of Lake Mohave. To your left, about 59
miles downstream, is Davis Dam. To your right, 11 miles
upstream, is Hoover Dam. The U.S. Government built
the dams to tame the periodic flooding of the Colorado
River, provide irrigation during dry periods, and generate
electricity. The dams essentially accomplished these goals.

What effects, however, did they have on the environment?
The deeper and wider waters attracted different bird
species and altered the vegetation at the edges of Lake
Mohave and Lake Mead. The slowing of the river's flow
made water temperature more constant, reduced
sediment buildup below the dams, and disrupted the
spawning cycles and habitats of native fish species.
HM NumberHM23V8
Placed ByNational Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, December 16th, 2017 at 7:02pm PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)11S E 715263 N 3973500
Decimal Degrees35.88211667, -114.61533333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 52.927', W 114° 36.92'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 52' 55.62" N, 114° 36' 55.2" W
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Area Code(s)928
Closest Postal AddressAt or near US-93, Willow Beach AZ 86445, US
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