For Immediate Release
Oct. 9, 2018
Contact: Gary Wockner, Save The Colorado, 970-218-8310
Without Glen Canyon Dam Removal, Today’s Announced ‘Drought Contingency Plan’ is a Lost Cause
Colorado River, USA: Today at 10am Mountain Time, the State of Colorado, Water Conservation Board, is holding a ‘webinar’ on its “Drought Contingency Plan” for the Colorado River. The Plan proposes to address the ongoing drought and the State of Colorado’s solution to the problem of falling water levels at Lake Powell. The Plan includes further draining Colorado’s “Blue Mesa Reservoir”, which already hit its lowest point in history in 2018 (see news report here about low reservoir levels and toxic algae), as well as buying hundreds of thousands of acre feet of water from thousands of farmers in Colorado, all to try and run water downstream to save Lake Powell.
Save The Colorado contends that the Plan’s proposal to try to save Lake Powell is a lost cause. In fact, former Commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Dan Beard, co-authored an op-ed in the Sept. 18 Denver Post, titled, “Tear Down Glen Canyon Dam and Drain Lake Powell for Water Supply Security” (link here). Beard is a boardmember of Save The Colorado and co-authored the op-ed with Gary Wockner, director of Save The Colorado.
Save The Colorado also posted a blog in April of 2018 (here) doing the simple back-of-the-envelope math for how much water is needed to try and save Lake Powell, how much it would cost, how many farmers would be put out of business. The analysis suggests the Upper Basin, including Colorado, would need to spend about $3.1 billion to buy-and-dry 1 million acres of farms in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming to make a consequential difference in saving Lake Powell.
“The State of Colorado is promoting a lost cause that will waste billions of dollars of taxpayer money and put thousands of farmers out of business,” said Gary Wockner. “Lake Powell is doomed — the dam should be torn down and the water stored in Lake Mead instead.”
The webinar announcement, which fails to mention the phrase “climate change”, is below: