Thursday, April 06, 2006
Lake Powell will never fill again
The Salt Lake Tribune had a front page story Sunday about how Lake Powell, a 180-mile-long reservoir on the Colorado River, will probably never fill again after years of drought because too many people use the water now. States like Colorado allow less water down the river every year, while states like Arizona demand more more.
The Bureau of Reclamation has decided to manage the reservoir so that it is permanently 70feet below full. That opens up tons of hiking and boating opportunities that have been submerged for decades, including Escalante Canyon and the tail end of Cataract Canyon. And it leaves enough water for motor boaters.
The Bureau says that nothing short of millennial type floods will fill the reservoir again, according to Glencanyon.org.
Posted by Dave Philipps at 11:17 AM