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Happy birthday, Lake Powell!-LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 6th, 2013

Lake Powell turns 50 this spring! And it presents a wonderful opportunity for Page to promote this marvelous resource that means so much for so many people.

Please join the Friends of Lake Powell in celebrating this event. We are compiling a 50-year chronicle with a look down memory lane and would love to hear your favorite Lake Powell stories.

On Jan. 21, 1963, Lake Powell became an infant when the diversion tunnel on the west bank was closed. That caused the Colorado River to rise 34 feet and began a backup of water into the river canyon.

On March 13, 1963, the tunnel-plugging operation progressed to the point where additional water impoundment could be made. Adjustable control gates in the left tunnel were partially closed to permit passage of only 1,000 cubic feet of water per second through the dam. This signaled the actual growth of the new Lake Powell as the lake waters began to rise on the face of the dam.

Happy birthday, Lake Powell. You have become a world-class destination and provide a wealth of opportunity for millions of people.

And the best news is that Page sits front row center!

Paul Ostapuk


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