Fill Lake Powell? Coalition calling for more water to be stored in the reservoir faces tough road ahead
As federal officials and the seven states in the Colorado River basin are negotiating the largest cuts to water use in the region’s history, a coalition of recreational users on Lake Powell are calling on water managers to partially refill the nation’s second-largest reservoir. In 2019, the 4.3 million recreational users who visited Lake Powell generated $420 million in economic activity, according to the Blue Ribbon Coalition, which announced a campaign to “Fill Lake Powell” earlier this month. The reservoir dropped by 100 feet between its high in 2019 and its low this year, and only two of the 11 boat ramps on the lake are currently open, though it still boasts well over a thousand miles of shoreline.