Colorado River report: Plumbing on Lake Powell’s Glen Canyon Dam outdated

The Glen Canyon Dam is pictured in Page, Ariz., on Sunday, March 28, 2021. The Dam blocks off Lake Powell’s waters for Southern California to use. Drought and lower water levels are causing problems.

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

A report released Wednesday suggests declining flows on the Colorado River are not only putting power generation at the Glen Canyon Dam at risk, but impacting the ability to deliver water to Nevada, California, Arizona and Mexico, otherwise known as the lower basin.

Compiled by the Utah Rivers Council, the Glen Canyon Institute and the Great Basin Water Network, the report asks Congress to fund major repairs to the dam, which the groups say would be unable to effectively pump water should the reservoir drop below 3,490 feet.

At 3,490 feet, the dam’s ability to generate power for over 5 million people will be kneecapped, falling below the hydropower penstocks that funnel water to the turbines.

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