This is a long read, but really hits the nail on the head..
Yeah, there are a lot of studies on this. Lake Powell loses 800,000+ acre feet of water annually due to seepage and evaporation. Putting all the water in Lake Mead would make a lot more sense from that standpoint. Less surface area, greater depth. Plus Glen Canyon would slowly return to a semblance of its former glory.In this case, apparently not? A person would just think losing the surface evaporation from Powell reservoir would save a lot of water, the evapotranspiration rate must be enormous, but then again I'm just a layman
A couple reads on the topic that may be of interest.Any articles you guys can link about the history of the dams and why and what not. I have an American education from the 70's so of course it's all a "marvel " or "incredible achievement ". Never really knew the truth??? Tell us more about the movement and its ideology to take down the dams for more water??? Just never lived anywhere near there so don't know what you guys see.
I agree that there are no easy solutions, I just get a knot in my stomach each time I see someone pointing at the bathtub ring and saying how bad it is, I want to scream but it is worse. I am glad to know that folks are thinking about the silt, and not ignoring it, so that is a a bit of a good thing.Engineers are well aware of how much silt is behind the dams and the size of the alluvial fan. My friend is a hydro engineer. It’s dialed. Removing Powell is a major undertaking ($1T?) and will not happen anytime soon. It just got its operating license extended. Little over 200 feet to dead pool last time I looked. Removing Powell would only create more dams upstream or expanding existing ones. A lot of problems with the current system and doesn’t seem like any real change will happen without a crisis. We’re there, so we will see what happens.
That's the mindset that the desert dwellers should have had 50 years or more ago. What really chaps my butt is the plethora of golfin pastures and Kentucky bluegrass lawns they plant around their swimming pools. Then they strip the farmers and ranchers to maintain the golfin pastures.. Hardly an equitable scenario in my minds eyeYou live in a fu'ing desert. There's no water or food there. There's never going to be water or food there. We can all chip in and move you away from there. We'll bring our trailers. '
True that, but AZ in MY minds eye is simply wasteful with the ways they use water, CA on the other hand is more geared to human consumption and farming then golfin pastures and such. CA is way more densely inhabited. Either way, there are going to be some dry folks in those states in the coming years.Dead Pool isn't going to make you optimistic...
When it comes to water, California is the elephant in the room. That was true during the negotiation of the Compact back in the late teens/1920's, more true in the recent negotiations about what to do with current drought, and will be even more consequential in re-negotiation of the Compact (ongoing). Just a fact...