Lake Powell

The water has made development possible and is used for farms, homes and businesses. Meanwhile, recreation has risen to over 4 million annual visitors in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, with tourists bringing in over $420 million to local communities.

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The effects of mining pollution are the subject of a new state and federal government-led study in Lake Powell. Sediment at the bottom of the reservoir will undergo analysis to understand what impact mining runoff, including that of the Gold King Mine spill, has on the river basin. 

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A long-held dream of environmental activists gained new legitimacy in Sunday’s New York Times.

  • Property valuations for irrigated farmland in Dolores County are being reduced 3 to 5 percent as the result of research by a state property-tax expert.
  • Thirty-six thousand pounds of trash has been picked up from the Lake Powell shoreline.

Managing Water In McPhee Reservoir

Sep 2, 2015
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Decent spring and summer rainfall this year have many in the Four Corners area feeling cautiously optimistic about easing the on-going drought situation, especially if the area gets better than normal snow pack during the coming winter. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Mike Preston, General Manager for the Dolores Water Conservancy District, about the current status of McPhee Reservoir, and the balance between planning for water demands and the realities of an uncertain climate.