Water flow experiment to begin at Grand Canyon
Web Producer: Mekita Rivas
PHOENIX (AP) - Authorities will launch an experiment Monday aimed at building beaches and sandbars on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.
The experiment that will send a heavy rush of water down the river at Glen Canyon Dam is part of a government program to restore the Grand Canyon's ecosystem.
The Arizona Republic reports the peak flow will last 24 hours from Monday night into Tuesday, and the river will run high for five days.
The goal is to wash millions of tons of sediment downstream to create beaches and improve habitat for plants and animals, and protect archaeological sites.
Grand Canyon National Park officials have contacted visitors with backcountry or river permits and advised them to camp on high ground this week.
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