Rep. Chris Cannon, R-Utah, wants Congress to formally vote to oppose draining Lake Powell, saying that is needed to dam up such proposals by environmentalists.

He introduced a "sense of Congress" resolution Thursday that would proclaim that no change in the water level of Lake Powell is justified or appropriate."The intent of this resolution is to send a clear message to bureaucrats . . . that no funding should be spent to study draining or otherwise altering the status of the lake," Cannon said.

"It is only the extreme, fringe elements of the environmental movement who support draining Lake Powell. Most reasonable people see it for what it is: nonsense," Cannon told the House.

Rep. Jim Hansen, R-Utah, held a hearing last year in his House Resources Subcommittee on National Parks and Public Lands about a proposal by the Sierra Club to drain the lake and restore upstream areas and the Colorado River their pre-dam state.

The proposal was roundly criticized by the state of Utah, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the Western Power Area Power Administration - saying the lake provides needed flood control, water supply, electricity, recreation and support for wildlife.