Power Line Stresses Environmental Concern

by Nelson W. Plummer, (M.ASCE), Regional Director; Water & Power Resources Service, Upper Colorado Region, Salt Lake City, Utah,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1980, Vol. 50, Issue 1, Pg. 86-88

Document Type: Feature article


A recently constructed power line in Colorado and Wyoming has been labeled a leader in protecting the environment and enhancing the area's natural scenic beauty. Built by the Bureau of Reclamation (now called the Water and Power Resources Service), the 160-mile Hayden-Ault project consists of 656 towers, most of which were erected by helicopter. A major portion of the 345-kV line was constructed alongside an older existing line, thus eliminating the need for a new corridor. Attention was also paid to eliminating the swath effect usually associated with power lines; also, landscaping of the adjacent earlier line will result in its also blending into the natural beauty of the area.

Subject Headings: Environmental issues | Water reclamation | Hydro power | Water resources | Bureau of Reclamation | Aircraft and spacecraft | Landscaping | United States | Colorado | Wyoming

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