Transcript for Lake Powell, segment 04 of 11

The gates of the diversion tunnels were closed. The waters of the Colorado River quietly rose against the dam. In the power plant at the toe of the dam, men installed eight giant turbines and generators. When finished, this one power plant would produce enough electricity for a city of over one million people. Hydroelectric energy from Glen Canyon was to flow into power lines of the Colorado River Storage Project. These big lines would then carry it to public and private power companies for distribution. At the system power operations office in Montrose, Colorado, a signal was given to start the first generator.

Glen Canyon.

Hello, Glen Canyon. If you're ready, please bring Unit Number One up to speed.

We will synchronize your power outputs with systems in Arizona, Utah, and Colorado.

Affirmative. Unit One is ready to roll and will be up to speed in approximately thirty seconds.

{{{Background noise}}}

The Open Video Project is managed at the Interaction Design Laboratory,
at the School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill