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electrical power production recreation (boating and fishing on reservoirs) water storage for times of drought flood control

- Dams can be used to hold water back so that excess water can be release through spillways at a controlled rate so that discharge can be regulated downstream.

Multipurpose Dams Refer to pages 332-333, Case in Point pages 349, 350, 217. This figure shows the maximum size of annual floods on the Colorado River. Note how distinctly the discharge changed after the construction of Glen Canyon Dam in 1963.