Update from Shrinking Lake Powell

September 10, 2021

Shrinking reservoirs on the Colorado River get the “Inside Edition” treatment, which, thankfully, includes a reference to climate change as a cause of aridification across the west.

Below, I talked to scientists who helped me contextualize the causes and severity of the current drying.

4 Responses to “Update from Shrinking Lake Powell”

  1. jimbills Says:

    The term “dead pool” is likely to gain traction next year for a different meaning than the comic book character:
    https://www.burlington-record.com/2021/07/14/36462/

    Can’t read this, but I saw the headline yesterday:
    https://tucson.com/news/local/subscriber/dead-pool-at-lakes-mead-and-powell-a-real-possibility-says-arizona-water-chief/article_dcd4bed4-11c5-11ec-a02b-c7a1763dd456.html

  2. Russell Seitz Says:

    As a general rule, it is easier to mitigate evaporation before the water dissappears than after.

    • rhymeswithgoalie Says:

      There has to be a way to put giant “lily pads” on some significant percentage of the surface, even if it risks the monetization from recreational boating.


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