Article | March 28, 2022

Lakes Powell And Mead Don't Have To Dry Up

By Maury D. Gaston


First it was Lake Mead, behind Hoover Dam. Now it's Lake Powell, upstream of Mead and behind Glen Canyon Dam. The water supplies supported by these feats of engineering are dwindling. There are many reasons, but it's not necessary.

We can build pipelines to move water from where we have it in abundance, even in surplus, to where we need it. Pump water from the east and fill these reservoirs to support agriculture and economic vitality in the west.

We did it first with railroads and changed the national economy for the better. We then did it with highways, interstates, the electric grid, and energy pipelines.

It's time now to do it with water. This ASCE award-winning article goes into more detail and responds thoughtfully and respectfully to challenges and objections.

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