Continuing the discussion from last week about the West’s ongoing water crisis, I just happened upon this post on The Weather Channel. The article references a new Bureau of Reclamation report which projects that upcoming water releases from Lake Powell will be reduced – having potential impacts on downstream agriculture and hydroelectric projects. Again, no matter you stand on climate change, you can’t deny a drought.
Click through the 1999-present images, all taken in March/April at the top of the post to see Lake Powell dry up before your eyes. Striking visuals as the water recedes, comes back, recedes again.
Another side of this issues is annual summer reports of fatal boating accidents on Lake Powell due to low-water levels creating more subsurface water hazards.
Jason Heppler (http://jasonheppler.org/) pointed us to this great Google Earth engine and its rendition of Lake Powell – 1980s to the present. Check out the site for some other great ones. And, check out Jason’s page for all things digital humanities.