What a drought has uncovered about Lake Powell

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MomentOfZen
MomentOfZen
"Water, water, water....There is no shortage of water in the desert but exactly the right amount , a perfect ratio of water to rock, water to sand, insuring that wide free open, generous spacing among plants and animals, homes and towns and cities, which makes the arid West so different from any other part of the nation. There is no lack of water here, unless you try to establish a city where no city should be." -Edward Abbey
Ray Stanczak
Ray Stanczak
It’s not “crazy” how far the water has dropped-it was predicted. What’s crazy is how we’ve allowed it to happen.
David Blinn
David Blinn
Populations in southwest cities like Vegas & Phoenix have increased by 250-400% since 1990. The drought severity index in the southwest has hovered between +3 and -4 over the past 30 years. The last 3 years being the worst of this period, but the water in lake Powell has been steadily decreasing. This is the result of the Phoenix metro area having over 200 golf courses, and hundreds of people moving there every day. The drought isn't helping, but water usage is the real issue in the southwest.
R Jay
R Jay
Sad😢 I have such special memories of Powell. I knew a lady who hiked those canyon's in the 50's. She was a photographer and poet and had some beautiful framed pictures. I remember asking her about them and when she told me it was Cathedral Canyon under Lake Powell I was amazed.
ronkirk50
ronkirk50
Three years ago I did a two week boat camping trip on Lake Powell in a 13 foot rowing/sailing dingy. As I slowly made my way up the lake, I had a great time primitive camping and day hiking along the banks. I also met a guy in a big inflatable kayak with his mountain bike strapped on the deck who was doing a bike/paddle down part of the Colorado river. The slick rock country is one of our national treasures.
SpacelordAce
SpacelordAce
The two perspectives in this video describe my internal conflict over this change. I spent a great deal of my time growing up at lake powell with our family on the boat. It is my favorite place in the world and to think I may never be able to bring my own kids is heart breaking. On the other side, I share the same sentiments with the second interviewee. While my heart is filled with so much grief I cant help but to be in awe of the beauty of glen canyon being resurrected.
Rich D
Rich D
Lake Powell only exists to distribute water for the Colorado River Compact, which vastly over allocated the river water at the time in the 1960s. Now there’s about half as much coming down the Colorado. It seems almost impossible that Lake Mead could ever fill up again, even if Powell were drained. The Compact needs to be re-written to acknowledge our new reality.
Coomessa
Coomessa
My cousin's wife died by drowning during a flash flood while hiking Labyrinth Canyon just this past July. They tied up their pontoon, just like this reporter and guide. They hiked through that same passage. They weren't aware of the heavy rain that had just fallen 'upstream'. The resulting flash flood swept up the family of 5. Her 3 sons (triplets) and husband survived.
Walter Bright
Walter Bright
I boated on the waters of Lake Powell since 1982. Circumnavigating it first in a Coleman Scanoe with 5 hp outboard. Then in rented houseboats. Finally moving my boat to Big Water UT in the early 90s and camped all over the lake till 2002 when I repatriated my boat back to NJ as the lake began to really start to shrink. During that time I started reading about Glenn Canyon before the damn and realized that while I enjoyed the beautiful lake as I had found it, just how much natural beauty was sacrificed to creat it and started to wish I had known it before the dam. Well the next few years I may get closer to realizing my dream than I ever thought possible and intend to explore this wild area hopefully with the solitude that existed back before the dam existed.
Miss Nope
Miss Nope
I had a seizure in Lake Powell at 10 yrs old, in 1992... would have died had my cousin not dove down and pulled me up. Earlier in that same trip I remember taking a small boat off the house boat to adventure around. We found this little cove area, and went in on foot... tons of tiny colorful frogs jumping around... it was truly magical. Even tho I almost died here, I hold it so dear and close to my heart. 💙💚💜
Harry Hunt
Harry Hunt
Edward Abbey was 60 years ahead of his time. He fought tooth and nail against the building of the dam, predicting that it would be only a quarter full by now. I’d say he was just about spot on.
Arrowslingr
Arrowslingr
Went there 4 years ago and it was a lot lower than I expected compared to when I went there 25 years ago but the biggest disappointment was the upstream canyons were full of pollution. Some of the hideaway canyons actually stunk bad and there was lots of trash everywhere....sad.
Captain Kirk
Captain Kirk
My wife and I were at Lake Powel and Glen Canyon dam in 2015.
Mary Gray
Mary Gray
The Hidden Canyon. A River Journey. By Edward Abbey. Read it and weep. Makes you understand why that young man in the video is happy about the return of the canyons. Don’t know if Hayduke lives, but Mother Nature does. Hope I live to walk in that canyon.
Jessica Anderson
Jessica Anderson
I live out here by Lake Powell, Its incredible how fast the level went down. I live about 20 minutes north but am not affected because our small town uses well water. Its an almost daily conversation in town tho. Feels like only recently with Sen Kelly are things like solar power being discussed
Vermicious Knid
Vermicious Knid
It's difficult to watch the view of the area of Lone Rock completely dry around it. I spent so many summers at Lone Rock Beach, never imagining that it would one day be so dry that I could walk up to it instead of boating up to it. People should've started conserving water a couple decades ago when the level began dropping. I understand the push to drain the lake, and I've seen just a few of the thousands of artifacts the University of Utah was able to rescue as the lake began to fill in the 60's, but it hurts to see it that low. This was always mine and my dad's special vacation spot. I'm kinda glad he didn't live long enough to see it like this. I think he'd be just as heartbroken as I am to watch it disappearing so fast. That being said, I do think it's a wonderful thing that so many native and also unique geological formations are now being seen after being underwater for many decades.
HighwayLand
HighwayLand
it's not just climate change, it's also the growing population along with the endless amount of housing and all the new communities that go with it. Arizona had a population of 1.3 million in 1960, now it's at 7.4 million. Everybody needs water and everybody needs electricity, and no doubt something bad is going to come out of all of this.
timmyt1232
timmyt1232
We need to create a hotter climate to create more rainfall to fill up these lakes.
Matthew Arant
Matthew Arant
Glen canyon is great and all but lake Powell is one of my favorite parts of the US. The red messas combined with the water is just stunning.
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