Secretary Kempthorne
U. S. Department of Interior
1849 C Street, NW
Washington D. C. 20240

Dear Secretary Kempthorne :

Please help us stop the Sierra Club from destroying Lake Powell, the most beautiful, manmade recreation area in the southwest. As Secretary of the Interior, I know you are familiar with Glen Canyon National Recreation area. Nearly three million people visit every year bringing hundreds of jobs to the city of Page, surrounding towns, and the Navajo Indian reservation. Draining Lake Powell will drain the region's economic vitality and create a cascade loss of jobs including those on the Navajo Nation.

Economic considerations aside, I am amazed by the Sierra Club's movement to drain Lake Powell. Sierra Club representatives have stated the 2,000 miles of shoreline could be restored to its original condition by the work of volunteers. I would find restoring Glen Canyon a daunting task even if I had the entire Army Corp of Engineers at my disposal. Though the Sierra Club is a powerful organization, I do not believe they have the money to follow through on their commitment to restore Glen Canyon to its original condition. A vibrant, beautiful water recreation area or a mudflat of economic dispair. What a choice!

Despite the 2,000 miles of shoreline, the National Park Service has been doing an excellent job managing the Glen Canyon National Recreation area. The NPS has improved water quality, increased boating safety awareness, and worked with local organizations to educate the visitors on how to preserve Lake Powell. Doesn't it make more sense to spend out tax dollars on continuing and improving the great work of the NPS rather than creating a multi-billion dollar clean up project? As a taxpayer and voter, my recommendation is clear: preserve Lake Powell as it is today.

Lake Powell is one of the "jewels" in the crown of the southwest's National Parks including the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Grand Staircase Escalante, Zion and Bryce Canyon. We are lucky our ancestors had the foresight to preserve these beautiful areas. Let's continue the tradition of preservation so our future generations can enjoy them, too.


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