In a race to gather ecological and prehistorical data, scholars spent countless hours in the canyon. Environmental scientists documented the flora and fauna, and archaeologists excavated sites from the region's prehistoric Fremont Culture.
In 1957, University of Utah biologist Angus Woodbury worked with the National Park Service to study to assess the affects that the creation of the Glen Canyon reservoir would have on the flora and fauna of the region.
An article published in Science detailing the potential issues with the Glen Canyon Dam project, pertaining to the protection of Rainbow Bridge National Monument. Halliday argues that many of these potential issues had not been addressed or solved, and presents a number of potential solutions.