FRIENDS OF LAKE POWELL, INC.
HISTORY

The mission of the Friends of Lake Powell is to preserve, protect and promote Lake Powell.

Started as a grass-roots organization of volunteers, the Friends of Lake Powell organization was formed in 1997 in response to the Sierra Club's proposal to decommission Glen Canyon Dam.

Membership has grown by word of mouth and now exeeds 5,000.  Donations and minor fund raising efforts help to support the Lake Powell recreational experience and expand the visibility of our effort.

In 1997, "Friends of Lake Powell" was invited along with other private individuals, business groups and government agencies who supported keeping Lake Powell and the Glen Canyon Dam to testify before the United States Congress in opposition of the ideas. The hearings were conducted in Washington, D.C. on September 23, 1997 by Congressmen James V. Hansen (UT) and John Doolittle (CA).  The purpose was to search out the true meanings of the Sierra Club, Glen Canyon Institute and David Brower's objectives and plans regarding Lake Powell and the Glen Canyon Dam.

During the hearings, it became very evident that these groups were determined to go forward with the idea of "studying" the draining of Lake Powell to "restore Glen Canyon" using federal funds.  The government response was that any such proposal was irresponsible, would not be funded with taxpayer dollars and went against the long standing "Law of the River" policies of water conservation and hydro-electric power generation in the Southwest.

Following the hearings, awareness of the "Friends of Lake Powell" began to spread across the nation, with overwhelming public support of its efforts to counter irresponsible proposals from the Sierra Club on this issue. 

Today, as a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization, Friends of Lake Powell, Inc. is committed through education and public awareness to promote the social, recreational, environmental and economic benefits of Lake Powell, the Glen Canyon Dam and the surrounding Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.    

Friend of Lake Powell