From LA Times – Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011
Coalition response...Lake Powell and Lake Mead have provided the southwestern United States with flood control, a dependable water supply and renewable clean hydroelectric power for decades. The draining and filling of these reservoirs during cyclic weather conditions is proof that they are working as intended. Like a savings account, dams and reservoirs provide the flexibility the people and the economy needs. Imagine how disruptive a 10-year drought would have been in the region for farms, homes and businesses without the insurance of stored water. Claims of water lost to evaporation or seepage pale in comparison to the water that would have been “lost” if it had flowed to the ocean, especially in a year like this. Consider also the flooding and destruction that would have occurred this year without the ability to store huge winter and spring water flows.
The system works, folks. Los Angeles is not going away. People across the country need the food grown by farmers in the region. Let’s appreciate the foresight water planners had when they built the system we depend on for flood control, water supply and food production.
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