September 12, 2015

Dam Monster Me

By Joanna Keane Lopez
Glen Canyon Dam
September 4, 2015


Glen Canyon Dam appeared heavily regulated by the United States government. The amount of security was surprising to me. We couldn’t bring bags or sharp objects into the main dam building. A strong censorship of regulation was permeable in the facility. The dam appeared to me as a monumental symbol of human control over the natural environment, a visual monster. The dam appeared incredibly wrong and unnatural. But, as I walked around the informational section of the reception room, I began to understand the “reasoning” for the concrete dam. It is a major moneymaker for the United States government, it holds and supplies irrigation and drinking water for various states and it generates electrical power. Economically, it is effective. Environmentally, it seems so monstrous.

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