Licensing a Hydroelectric Power Plant at Navajo Dam

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by Patrick J. Schumacher, US Bureau of Reclamation, Durango, CO, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Power '87:

Abstract: A hydroelectric power plant at the base of Navajo Dam was envisioned by the Bureau of Reclamation and the Bureau of Indian Affairs to support the development of the Navajo Indian Irrigation Project on behalf of the Navajo Nation. Rough water encountered in acquiring the proper authorization for the power plant passed the development of the hydroelectric generation potential to the City of Farmington, New Mexico. Stronger opposition by any of the involved entities could easily have delayed the development for many years. Instead, cooperation and compromise have allowed the power plant to be scheduled to be on-line in 1988 with benefits to the City as well as the Navajo Nation.

Subject Headings: Power plants | Hydro power | Licensure and certification | Dams | Embankment dams | Urban areas | Bureau of Reclamation | Agriculture | Irrigation | North America | United States | New Mexico

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