Lake Powell at Record Lows – Scientists Predict a ‘Megadrought’ For Southwest

Lake Powell, one of the nation’s largest reservoirs, is now below 45 percent of its capacity.

Straddling the border between Utah and Arizona, the man-made reservoir is part of the Colorado Water Basin that supplies water to 40 million people.

Hoover Dam – The Eighth Wonder of the World. If Lake Mead’s water level were to drop beneath 1,050 ft., it might become impossible for Hoover Dam’s hydroelectric turbines to work, turning a water shortage into a power panic as well. But what’s clear is that in a hotter, drier future, the Southwest will have decisions to make about how it can best husband its limited water resources. A West of burgeoning cities and suburbs and a West of irrigated farms may no longer be able to coexist.

Lake Powell stores water from states in the upper Colorado basin — New Mexico, Utah, Colorado and Wyoming — for the states in the lower basin: Nevada, Arizona and California. Along with generating electricity, the reservoir also protects the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead from flooding.

For more than 14 years, the basin and the Western states have been plagued by drought. Almost every year, all of the water from the Colorado River is pumped out before emptying into the the Gulf of California.

“Many climate scientists think the Southwest is again due for a megadrought,” Jonathan Waterman wrote in National Geographic. “The Bureau of Reclamation’s analysis of over a hundred climate projections suggests the Colorado River Basin will be much drier by the end of this century than it was in the past one, with the median projection showing 45 percent less runoff into the river.”

Photo Credit: Justin Sullivan

Photo Credit: Justin Sullivan

Visitors take in the view of Lake Powell in Page, Arizona, on March 28.

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A boat dock sits on the beach of Lake Powell at the Wahweap Marina in Page, Arizona.

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A bleached “bathtub ring” is visible on the rocky banks of Lake Powell in Utah.

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A bleached “bathtub ring” is visible on the rocky banks of Lake Powell.

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A boat navigates the waters of Lake Powell at sunset.

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A beach that used to be the bottom of the lake. 

The Glen Canyon Dam. Photo Credit: Justin Sullivan

A visitor stands near the Glen Canyon Dam in page, Arizona. Lake Powell was created by the flooding of Glen Canyon by the Glen Canyon Dam. Lake Powell started filling in 1963 and reached full pool for the first time in 1980.

Source: Washington Post and NBC News

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