In 1963, Glen Canyon was pronounced dead. Glen Canyon Dam had submerged its fabled grottoes, ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings and slickrock chutes beneath the stagnant water of Lake Powell, and forever altered the ecology of the Grand Canyon just downstream. For wilderness lovers, the 710-foot-tall concrete wall stuck out of the Colorado River like a middle finger – an insult that helped ignite the modern environmental movement. In 1981, the radical group Earth First! faked a “crack” on the dam by unfurling a 300-foot-long black banner down the structure’s front. The Sierra Club’s first executive director, David Brower, considered the dam’s construction a personal failure and spent the rest of his life advocating for its removal. And in his iconic novel “The Monkey Wrench Gang,” author Edward Abbey imagined a group of friends secretly plotting to blow up the dam and free the Colorado River. To view the full article visit the Cortez Journal.