Lake Powell Hitting Record Low Signals Bleak Water Future For Arizona

By Lauren Gilger
Published: Wednesday, July 28, 2021 - 1:11pm
Updated: Monday, August 23, 2021 - 12:33pm

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Lake Powell.

The Phoenix area got pounded by monsoon rains this week, but the region is still in a mega-drought and facing a troubled water future.

Over the weekend, there was some bad news on that front.

We might think of Lake Powell as a great place to spend vacation time, but it's also the nation's second-largest reservoir, and it just reached a new historic low — dropping to 3,555 feet.

It's been dwindling for some time, but this latest drop has some broad implications for Arizona's water future.

To plumb the waters of this situation, The Show spoke with Luke Runyon of Colorado's KUNC, who covers the Colorado River.

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