Satellite Photos Show Lake Powell Half Full (or Half Empty!)

According to Brook Hays, in an article for, Lake Powell and Glen Canyon dam not only provide tap water for households and irrigation for regional farms, they also produce 4.5 billion kilowatt-hours of hydroelectricity each year.

Lake Powell has now suffered 14 straight years of drought — the reservoir has less water than ever to share.

Lake Powell, 2014

Lake Powell, 2014

This year, the lake was charted at 42 percent of capacity; it’s expected to end the year at 51 percent. Still, experts expect the lake’s holdings to continue to shrink in the coming years — vexing an already heated debate about how to provide the Southwest’s growing population with enough water.

Lake Powell, 1999

Lake Powell, 1999

A picture is worth 1,000 words; two pictures, a million!

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