Lake Powell, the United States‘ second-largest reservoir, has witnessed a minor uptick in water level after reaching its lowest level since it was initially filled in the 1960s.
Lake Powell, which is located in northern Arizona and spans into southern Utah, provides water and power to millions of people in Arizona, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah, according to the Xinhua news agency.
The Colorado River feeds the lake.
Rising temperatures and unusually dry circumstances have depleted the river’s resources.
According to Bureau of Reclamation statistics, the huge reservoir reached a historic low of 3,520.46 feet on March 13 as a climate-driven megadrought persists in the US West.
According to the Lake Powell Water Database website, Lake Powell is down 1.22 feet from a year ago. The lake is now 178.15 feet below Full Pool.
Conan John, captain of Lake Powell Experience, which organises lake excursions, told Xinhua that while water levels have been low in recent years, there is still a lot of Lake Powell that can be seen and observed by boat.
Water levels have dropped below the old boat ramps, limiting boat launching, according to John.
Lake Powell would have been “well below” the minimum power pool by now, according to Eric Balken, executive director of the environmental advocacy group Glen Canyon Institute.
Recently, more water flowed into the reservoir than out of it, resulting in a half-foot rise in water levels.
According to local news station KPNX, the uptick represents the lake’s first steady growth since May of last year.
According to KPNX, the exceptionally high quantities of rain and snow that the US Southwest experienced this winter may have accelerated Lake Powell’s seasonal upswing.
According to World Economic Forum data, the US West is experiencing its worst megadrought in 1,200 years, and the climate catastrophe has rendered the drought 42% more severe than it would have been otherwise.