Study Identifies Major Leaks from Lake Powell

According to a new study by hydrologist Dr. Thomas Myers, the porous sandstone along the shore of Lake Powell may soak up as much as 380,000 acre-feet of water each year. This is more than Nevada’s entire annual allocation of Colorado River water. The research, published in the Journal of the America Water Resources Association, supports the idea of reconfiguring the way water is stored in Lake Powell and Lake Mead with the overall goal of using the Colorado River in the most efficient way possible. “At a time of impending water shortages, it is imperative to maximize the efficiency of the Colorado River storage system,” said Christi Wedig, director of the Glen Canyon Institute. “Dr. Myers’ study has confirmed that Lake Powell is a major source of water loss, and a potential source of major savings.