Glen Canyon Institute

A nonprofit organization

139 donors

Glen Canyon Institute was founded in 1996 with the mission of restoring a free flowing Colorado River through Glen Canyon and Grand Canyon. 

We have been a leader in promoting aggressive scientific research on the Colorado River, completing nine peer-reviewed scientific studies of Glen Canyon Dam impacts, publishing a Citizen’s Environmental Assessment of Glen Canyon Dam, winning a lawsuit to force the Bureau of Reclamation to re-evaluate how dam operations are affecting endangeredspecies,and gaining national media attention for this critical issue from sources such as The New York Times, The LA Times, National Geographic Magazine, Backpacker Magazine, and ABC Nightline.

The institute has hosted a multitude of conferences, events, lectures, and field trips to engage the public and policy makers about the need to restore Glen Canyon and Grand Canyon.

With the generous backing of a lifetime GCI supporter, we are matching all donations to Glen Canyon Institute on Giving Tuesday. Double your gift and help restore the Colorado River next Tuesday, November 28th.

Your donation will help fund important efforts such as:

GCI Lectures and Outreach: Over the past few years, GCI's staff and board have made presentations across the Colorado River Basin, raising awareness about this important issue and building a groundswell of public support. We've generated media across the country, spreading the message about the need to restore Glen Canyon. In 2018, we plan to give lectures in all Colorado River Basin states, and ramp up media attention surrounding Glen Canyon and the Colorado River.

Glen Canyon Studies: As Lakes Powell and Mead continue to drop with the continuing water shortage on the Colorado River, hundreds of acres of desert ecosystem are reemerging in "America's Lost National Park". In 2018, GCI is partnering with Utah State University and Brigham Young University on a sediment study and a Bio Blitz, respectively. These important research efforts will begin to establish a scientific understanding of Glen Canyon's recovery, and offer important insights to the future restoration of the Glen Canyon ecosystem. Stay tuned for updates in 2018!
New GCI Website: GCI is currently working on a new and updated website. Over the years, traffic to our site has increased tenfold, and it has become the primary online destination for learning about Glen Canyon's history and restoration. Watch for the new website in spring of 2018!
With your help, we can restore Glen Canyon, Grand Canyon, and a free-flowing Colorado River!

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Organization name

Glen Canyon Institute

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429 E 100 S


(801) 363-4450