Review: Dead Pool: Lake Powell, Global Warming, and the Future of Water in the West

David Jenkins
2009 Electronic Green Journal  
The history of Lake Powell is a history of failure, near failure, and, at best, limited and short-term success. The near failure, with which James Powell begins his book, was the potential collapse of Glen Canyon Dam in 1983. An overfull reservoir required the use of two spillway tunnels carved through the sandstone adjacent to the dam. The massive release of water caused the spillways to begin to fail, potentially eroding the soft sandstone and undermining the integrity of the dam. If the dam
more » ... ailed, the result would be a cascading disaster, as dams below Lake Powell collapsed in turn under the onslaught of a massive flood. Runoff, however, slowed to manageable levels at the end of the summer.
doi:10.5070/g312810795 fatcat:6adruljtljhwjnaruiagnsjbem