WHY DRAIN LAKE POWELL?
Did you know that two organizations, the Glen Canyon Institute and the Sierra Club, are proposing to "restore" Glen Canyon and its side canyons by draining Lake Powell?
These groups have joined forces in promoting this idea and have made many misleading public announcements and proclamations.
We, the "Friends of Lake Powell," are a coalition of rational and caring people brought together to counter their proposals. We are forming with people like you who also love Lake Powell. The main thrust of our initial activities will be to gain membership of people like yourself to help us "Save Lake Powell" for the many generations to come.
With your grassroots support we can show the people in power at the local, state and federal level that we are totally opposed to the Glen Canyon Institute and the Sierra Club initiatives toward Lake Powell and the Glen Canyon Dam.
A few facts you should know about Lake Powell, Glen Canyon Dam Power plant and the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area:
Lake Powell is 186 miles long, has 1,960 miles of shoreline
Lake Powell can store of 27 million acre feet of water. It helps prevent massive flooding downstream from the dam during periods of heavy inflows from the north. It meters the waters needed to maintain the proper levels of Lake Mead and other lower Colorado River storage lakes that supply water to over 20 million people and millions of acres of agricultural lands, prevents the need for rationing during periods of drought and assures the states of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming will receive adequate water for future growth and development.
The Lake Powell/Glen Canyon National Recreation Area receives nearly three million visitors each year. Revenues from tourism to this area equal nearly $500 million each year that is spent throughout the Southwest.
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area preserves and protects 1,236,800 acres of land around Lake Powell, most readily accessible from the shores of Lake Powell.
The Navajo Generating Station, a 2,250,000 kilowatt power plant, produces more electricity than the Glen Canyon Dam Power plant and the Hoover Dam Power plant combined. The Navajo Generating Station is located just south of Lake Powell and receives its water for steam generation and cooling from the lake.
This area provides all of you with an opportunity to enjoy its vast beauty, its entertainment potential and its human values.