Henderson, Nev. (AP) An environmental advocacy group's call
for decommissioning the Glen Canyon Dam went nowhere during a hearing Tuesday about drought management of the Colorado River. A Bureau of Reclamation manager says Congress doesn't want the government studying the idea of draining Lake Powell.
The bureau is collecting public comment about managing Lakes Mead and Powell on the Colorado River. The meeting in Henderson, Nevada will be followed by a meeting Thursday in Salt Lake City.
Interior Secretary Gale Norton has said she wants states that rely on the Colorado River to agree on rules for dividing river water in times of shortage.
A group called Living Rivers argues that Lake Powell's inefficient, because it allows too much water to evaporate. It says capturing water at upstream reservoirs or letting it seep into the ground to recharge underground aquifers would be more efficient.
Water officials say Lake Powell's too important to the region's water supply to consider getting rid of it.
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