Comments about ‘Lake Powell water level rises 1 foot each day’

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Published: Thursday, July 7 2011 12:52 a.m. MDT

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runwasatch
Ogden, UT

"trigger high flow releases from Glen Canyon Dam, which feeds into Powell."

News flash... releases from Glen Canyon Dam, the dam that creates lake powell, feed into the Grand Canyon and Lake Mead...

I would love to see releases from Glen Canyon Dam thrown up and over the dam so they would actually feed back into Powell, as the story states.

justamacguy
Manti, UT

I noticed the same thing... appearently the author has never heard of Lake Mead. However, feeding water from Glen Canyon Dam into Lake Powell would be one heck of a recycling promotion!

srw
Riverton, UT

"Measurements at the San Rafael River near Green River, for example, show it flowing at 37,000 cubic feet per second, when the average on July 6 typically is 10,500 cubic feet per second. That drastic difference puts it at a little more than 742 percent of average."

What does that mean? The flow rate of 37,000 cfs is not 742% of 10,500 cfs...

procuradorfiscal
Tooele, UT

"High flow releases" are a scam to send more water to Las Vegas, depleting Upper Colorado stores. Tree huggers were snookered into agreeing to the scam, since anything that can be spun to sound anti-establishment sounds good to them, and what could be more anti-establishment than wasting needed water?

Humpback chub and pikeminnows will suffer. Downstream sand deposits and riparian habitat will not benefit. But tree huggers will crow over their "victory," and some Las Vegas promoter has already gotten his big bonus.

As usual, FWS will be left holding the bag.

Walt Nicholes
Orem, UT

Deeper water, more areas to explore? More drowning deaths.

COLONEL RENFRU
DENVER, CO

We in Colorado are glad to send you our Rocky Mountain snow. Hope we can send much more next season!!

COLONEL RENFRU
DENVER, CO

352.5%

KDave
Moab, UT

It also guarantees plenty of affordable fresh veggies from Calif. for the next 5 or so years.

st. george guy
Saint George, UT

Lake Powell will never be full again.

payara
OREM, UT

More vegetation submerged means more bass. Love it.

klepsydra
Longmont, CO

For you guys complaining about the math in the article I'll straighten it out for you. The 10,500 cubic feet per second is the typical flow for July 6th of any given year. The flow on July 6th is higher because of spring runoff then most of they year. The 742% increase is over the year round average, not the July 6th average. In summary ...

Current San Juan Flow 37,000 cfs,
Average flow on July 6th of San Juan 10,500 cfs,
Year round average flow of San Juan 4,986 cfs.

The 742% increase is is 4,986 * 742% = 37,000 cfs.

I don't know why the author chose to reference two different numbers for average, which makes it not very clear, but the math is factual.

TripleCrown
Santa Ana, CA

Why does the 2nd graphic, labeled "Lake Powell water levels" show a
peak level of 3,665 that is BELOW the graph line for 3,655?

AS
San Marcos, CA

San Diego County thanks you... most of our water comes from the Colorado river.

Vince
the boonies, mexico

Nothing more than goobly goop about being able to now sustain "sin city" for a few years and watch the money people of Vegas continue to expand their ripoff casinos. We must fill and continue filling Lake Mead so "another" arrid desert community can continue to be stupid and expand. Just wait the day of reckoning will soon come when the water will no longer be available to sustain this mecca in the desert and thousands of fantasy dreamers will be forced to leave for lack of water!

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