Dolores Pumped-Storage Unit—A Case Study in Planning

by Jack D. Generaux, US Bureau of Reclamation, Durango, CO, USA,
W. Martin R. Roche, US Bureau of Reclamation, Durango, CO, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Waterpower '85


The Durango Projects Office of the U. S. Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) conducted a pumped-storage investigation from 1981 to 1983 on a site in southwestern Colorado. This paper describes the results of the investigation of the Dolores Pumped-Storage Unit, a component of the Colorado River Storage Project Power Peaking Capacity Studies. The investigation examined the structural alternatives and the environmental and social impacts of building a power facility in the vicinity of another Reclamation project, the Dolores Project. Reclamation has decided that further studies of the pumped-storage unit by the Federal government are not warranted because additional peaking power capacity is not needed for federal project use.

Subject Headings: Case studies | Waste storage | Power plants | Bureau of Reclamation | Hydro power | Site investigation | Environmental issues | Rivers and streams | Colorado | United States | Colorado River

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