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This book is so full of errors and facts, I cannot stand it. It is written by someone who really has no idea what they are talking about and has read a few BoR reports and throws figures around. He can't even keep the size of GCD consistent! He names at least three different heights for the dam (and two for the associated bridge), none of which are accurate. I do not recommend this book at all.RedRoxx44 wrote:If you are in favor of decommissioning Lake Powell by any means possible; the e- book "Wet Desert" by Gary Hansen is a must read in my opinion. It's no Monkey Wrench gang but it's a darn good scenario of how that could happen. Best of all it was only .99 on Amazon. Think I'll read it again soon. Having spent some time with Katie Lee I can appreciate a tiny bit that eden lost.
Yes, it is called equalization and I think it sucks. Currently the lake is 55.99 feet below full pool and rising 8-12 inches a day. Peak inflows of somewhere around 103-105k cfs aren't expected until July. Many areas that drain into the lake are still at over 200% of their normal snowpack for this time of year. The BoR water gurus are predicting levels to keep rising until late July/early August. We would likely reach full pool this year except that we have equalization going on. There is a target lake elevation for Lake Mead that we're supposed to meet. This seems foolish to me, as A) we're supposed to store water up here so that Mead can use it in drought years B)it runs somewhat contrary to the Colorado River Compact in that the surplus is not being shared equitably. But whatever - Powell/Glen Canyon Dam have always been the irritating stepchild in water management in the west. Everyone loves Hoover, even though it is much more sedimented, looses more water to evaporation, and drowned some of the best rapids in the canyon, according to some old time river rats (Separation? Lava Cliff?). Glen Canyon is the scapegoat - we divert no water (except a little to NGS and Page) and have other advantages over Mead/Hoover, but we get blamed for everything by everyone.chumley wrote:Isn't there some kind of legal arrangement where Powell has to release water to Mead?
How about the large percentage of it lost to evaporation in the lakes? Just sayin...johnlp wrote:The Pacific Institute reports 70% of the Colorado goes to Ag, 15% to municipal use, and most of the rest to energy & mining. I would have guessed a higher amount for municipal. The valley cities get most of their water from the Salt and Verde river systems. Chandler only gets about 10% of its water from the Colorado (CAP). But many areas have no access to surface water, and just use wells to pump groundwater. Can't go on forever like that, especially with population growth, without replenishing the aquifer.