State of Lake Powell
Responding to the commentary by John Weisheit, [Lake Powell, Going, Going, Gone?] Denver Post, Sunday, March 2. First of all, the lake isn’t 50 percent full! Of course to the “doom and gloomists,” you might expect them to refer to it as 50 percent empty.
Sure the lake is 87 feet below normal levels and we are not out of the drought yet, but rest assured there is still a lot of water in that pond. How do I know this? I went there last weekend. The workers down there say the lake is more like 60-65 percent full. And with normal runoff conditions it could be back to normal levels within 3-5 years.
Can you imagine the consequences if Lake Powell or say Lake Mead were to be drained? Millions of acres of crops would cease to grow. Millions of homes would be without power. Millions of Californians would move to Colorado. And how can the “wacko-environmentalists” live with themselves knowing they made all those poor fish homeless?
Now I will admit that, given the chance, I would have voted against damming the Mighty Colorado at that particular point, thus saving the canyon for all its beauty. But that canyon was flooded and for a reason. And that reason was for the mass migrations of the West in the 1950s and 1960s. It now provides water and power for millions of people. And generates millions of dollars in revenue.
Draining Lake Powell expecting to see it return to its unspoiled natural state is like asking the people of Moab to tear down all the hotels in town to return the area back to happy hunting grounds. It ain’t gonna happen!
The locals down at Bullfrog also pointed out that there are hundreds of acres of new beaches and even more of the canyons to explore. You might have to carry your beer a little farther down the ramp, but that’s OK because most of you need the exercise anyway.
So, fire-up those outboards and head to the lake. And remember to clean up after yourselves!
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