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 move-ment 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.