• Dave Harmon, PW editor

Glen Canyon NRA's Lake Powell shrinks to lowest level in 30+ years thanks to drought

Lake Powell at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area hasn't been this low since the early 1980s, and the country's second-largest reservoir is expected to shrink even more before the spring snowmelt begins.

According to U.S. Bureau of Reclamation authorities, who operate the hydrogenerating station inside the Glen Canyon Dam, on Wednesday the lake surface was at an elevation of 3526.63 feet, or 173 feet below full pool, and just 36 feet above the spot at which there won't be enough water to drive that generating station. That power plant provides electricity for an estimated 3 million people.

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