‘It’s imperative that we take action’: Lake Powell power plant could stop running by July
New predictions by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation show that Lake Powell’s water levels may fall below the level needed to produce power as soon as July 2023. The Bureau of Reclamation issues two-year predictions for the water levels in Lake Powell and Lake Mead and revises those predictions every few months. It uses multiple projections to come up with expected, worst, and best probable outcomes. One of those projections shows that water levels at Lake Powell could fall below what’s called minimum power pool, the lowest level that would still allow the power plant in the dam to produce power in only seven months…. While Lake Mead’s water levels should remain safely above the minimum power pool level, Lake Powell’s dropping levels add an extra layer of concern for both reservoirs.
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