Near Page in Coconino County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Hydroelectric Power - A Green and Renewable Energy Source
Reclamation: Managing Water in the West
Glen Canyon Dam and other dams along the Colorado River provide critical water and power resources for millions of Americans in the Southwest. Recreation at the reservoirs is enjoyed by visitors from around the world.
This turbine runner was one of the original eight installed in Glen Canyon Powerplant. It was replaced as part of an efficiency upgrade in 2007. Less water is now needed to produce the same amount of energy. Water that flowed through this turbine came from rivers and reservoirs upstream including:
• Granby Reservoir on the Colorado River
• Green Mountain Reservoir on the Blue River
• Flaming Gorge and Fontenelle Reservoirs on the Green River
• Blue Mesa, Morrow Point, and Crystal Reservoirs on the Gunnison River
• Navajo Reservoir on the San Juan River
Turbine Runner Facts
Runner type: Francis.
Weight: 91,500 pounds (41,504 kilograms).
Vanes: 23 cast-steel vanes with stainless steel coatings used to repair the effects of wear and tear over the life of the runner.
Rotation speed: 150 revolutions per minute or 1,968,867,000
Electricity produced: Five billion kilowatt-hours of power are produced annually from Glen Canyon Powerplant, which serves about 5.8 million customers in seven Western states.
Installed: October 13, 1965.
Decommissioned: July 7, 2008.
Erected by Bureau of Reclamation.
Location. 36° 56.203′ N, 111° 29.166′ W. Marker is near Page, Arizona, in Coconino County. Marker is on top of the Glen Canyon Dam, off US Route 89 at the Colorado River. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Page AZ 86040, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rock Bolts / High Scaling (here, next to this marker); Concrete Bucket / Concrete Core Sample (within shouting distance of this marker); Intake Structures (within shouting distance of this marker); Turbine Runner (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Colorado River Storage Project / Glen Canyon Dam (about 400 feet away); Bureau of Reclamation Memorial Fountain (about 400 feet away); Dinosaur Tracks (about 400 feet away); Glen Canyon Dam (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Page.
Also see . . . Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. (Submitted on February 17, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 26, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 17, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 945 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 17, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.