The Bureau of Reclamation has announced the scoping period as they update the 2007 Interim Guidelines for the Colorado River Management Operations. You can register for the scoping meetings below:
Monday, July 17, 2023, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. (MDT) – Register
Tuesday, July 18, 2023, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. (MDT) – Register
Monday, July 24, 2023, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. (MDT) – Register
These management guidelines will direct the future of Lake Powell, Lake Mead and all other reservoirs in the Colorado River Basin for decades to comes. BOR needs to strongly consider recreation interests as they are developing these plans. BlueRibbon Continues to support the Path to 3588′ as well as the states recent proposals.
Millions of people rely on water in the reservoirs for farming, food, jobs, drinking water, electricity and recreation. Sustaining the reservoirs throughout Colorado, Utah and Nevada is crucial for millions of people’s every day life. It would be catastrophic to the entire Western United States if even one of these reservoirs was removed. Groups are continually advocating to drain Lake Powell which would hurt more than just family traditions and memories made every year.
Although Lake Powell and other areas along the Colorado River provide jobs and resources for people to use, it is time the federal government recognize the important social benefits that come from having these recreational resources. Once you experience a day boating on Lake Powell, you get it. There is a reason why millions of people flock to the lake each year for the family reunions, corporate retreats and vacations. Lake Powell, along with the other reservoirs are invaluable to our history and culture.
Submit a comment letting the BOR know that sustaining water levels in the reservoirs through smart management is important and recognizing recreation interests is crucial.