Star Hall forum to discuss future of Lake Powell

this is an image of Glen Canyon Dam at Lake Powell
Glen Canyon Dam at Lake Powell. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

A forum to discuss the future of Lake Powell and the long-term issues regarding its management, hosted by the Center for Colorado River Studies, Utah State University, takes place from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20 at Star Hall.

A panel of experts will lead the conversation – one that has been “up for discussion” since the river began filling Glen Canyon in 1963. Climate change, contemporary politics and water-use policy play a role in the manmade lake’s future.

Topics include, “The Glen Canyon That Was — Exploring the canyon before the dam.” Sediment issues, fish, in both Lake Powell and Grand Canyon National Park; reservoir management and operation of the Colorado River for water supply, and evaporation and seepage losses.

The panel of experts are diverse and include Kim Dibble, Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center, U.S. Geological Survey; Scott Hynek, Utah Water Science Center, USGS; Jack Schmidt, Center for Colorado River Studies, Utah State University; Roy Webb, author and river historian; Eric Kuhn, Colorado River Water Conservation District; John Weisheit, Living Rivers; Matt Rice, American Rivers; Mike DeHoff, American Rivers; Alan Kasprak, Watershed Sciences, Utah State University; and Eric Balken of the Glen Canyon Institute.

This event is free and open to the public.