Lake Powell

May 15, 2014--Powell could 'call' on reservoirs (Cortez Journal)

Water shortages from a persistent drought in the Southwest have left Lake Powell dangerously low, threatening operation of the Glen Canyon Dam hydroelectric power plant relied on by 5.8 million customers. The problem is a looming concern for reservoirs in the Colorado River basin upstream from the Lake Powell.

April 22, 2014--McPhee boat check could lose funding (Cortez Journal)

The invasive quagga and zebra mussels have not been detected in McPhee Reservoir, but they’re causing havoc in nearby Lake Powell. Boat inspections at McPhee have been effective in keeping the pests out of local waters so far. However, with shrinking budgets for Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the U.S. Forest Services, the critical checkpoints have an uncertain future.

April 16, 2014--Jolted by reality, Colorado River water managers plan for persistent drought (Circle of Blue)

The severe risks of an extended drought in the Colorado River Basin – a shutdown of hydropower generation, functionally empty lakes, and restrictions on water use – are forcing the basin’s seven states to consider unprecedented changes in how they manage a scarce resource.

April 13, 2014--Drought conditions prompt calls for Lake Powell Pipeline (Spectrum)

Another year of drought shouldn’t be enough to force any water restrictions this year for Washington County residents, but state managers say it is enough to make a case for tapping into the Colorado River by building the 140-mile Lake Powell Pipeline.

March 30, 2014--Too early to tell if above average snowpack will help Colorado River (Havasu News)

It snowed hard all winter in the Rocky Mountains, and come spring that’s always been a sign that once that huge snowpack melts, the Colorado River will tumble mightily with a greater bounty of water to keep the Southwest viable. The overall snowpack is now at 115 percent of average for this time of the year in the Rockies.

March 27, 2014--Big drop of water in Powell (Grand Junction Sentinel)

Federal officials fretted for a year that they might have to take action as the water level in Lake Powell fell perilously close to the point that Glen Canyon Dam couldn’t generate electricity.

March 17, 2014--Western streamflow forecasts a mixed bag (Summit Voice)

Snowpack across the West is still somewhat of mixed bag in this no-Niño winter, but February storms did help bolster water supplies across the northern tier of states, according to the monthly update from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.

March 13, 2014--Water leaders seek to avert loss of power generation from Lake Powell (Delta Independent)

Even as two to three feet of snow were accumulating in Colorado's high country during storms last month, leading water thinkers were issuing sober warnings about the potential impact of a lingering regional drought in the Colorado River Basin.

February 24, 2014--More quagga mussels found in Lake Powell; Is the Lower Colorado River ecosystem at risk? (Summit Voice)

The battle to keep Lake Powell free of non-native mussels is tilting toward the aquatic invaders and federal resource managers are concerned the invaders may spread into Glen Canyon.

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