Today, Lake Powell’s vastness is diminishing with water levels falling under 45 percent capacity. The conditions at Lake Powell are beginning to look similar to Lake Mead, the world’s largest reservoir, which sits 180 miles downriver and is also drying up at a shocking pace.
Lake Powell’s “Bathtub ring” now appears 100 feet above boaters
Water levels at Glen Canyon dam have fallen more than 100 feet. The shoreline of Lake Powell now shows a deepening “bathtub ring” – a natural phenomenon that shows how high water levels used to be. This “bathtub ring” now shows in the sandstone walls of the canyon some 100 feet above today’s boaters who must now navigate around emerging islands and mud bogs.
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Aquatic biologist Erin Janicki has watched the change from the river’s edge. “The water’s 110ft below the top of bathtub ring,” she said. “There are parts of the lake that have pretty much become mud flats. The inlets get silted up. It takes longer to jet around the lake because some of the waterways aren’t open and you have to go around obstacles.
Only a matter of time before dependent Southwestern cities collapse as water levels at Lake Powell and Lake Mead fall to historic lows
“We all are depending on the snow pack on the Rockies and Lake Powell is the first reservoir,” said Rose Davis of the Bureau of Reclamation’s Upper Colorado region. “It doesn’t look very good. We have 56 percent of normal snow pack is the last reading that I saw. It’s just terrible.”
Water levels in Lake Mead have dropped from 90 percent capacity in 2000 to less than 40 percent in 2015. At this rate, will the water be nearly diminished by 2030? Will entire agricultural systems collapse and will cities in the Southwest erupt into wild chaos as water sources dwindle to scarcity?
Lake Powell now mirrors Lake Mead, as its water levels fall to their lowest levels since 1937. The difference between 2015 and 1937 is the amount of people who now depend on this infrastructure to survive. How long will water supplies last in the Southwest? Will there be a great migration over the next decade as people flee the arid Southwest?
Full article: Not just Lake Mead, Lake Powell is also headed for catastrophic drought collapse (Natural News)