Don't Pull The Plug- The Draining Of Lake Powell

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Don't Pull the Plug Its a place where people can find themselves having a great time doing things they love, while being on a beautiful shimmering lake surrounded by magnificent sand stone walls. Now who would want to take this away from anybody or ruin its perfect image? Environmentalists, the people who may be putting the wonderful landmark Lake Powell at risk. They may have their reasons, to them being ever so important, but the reasons to not drain it out run the reasons to do so by far. Yet, the three basic reasons why Lake Powell should not be drained is because of the loss of tourism, the negative environmental concerns and the basic overall final cost of the proposed operation.

As of now, Lake Powell is a one of those hot spots to spend your free time or vacations. Spending their days on a houseboat doing all sorts of recreational things or in a teenagers case and MTV, Powell being its main location for its spring break celebration, a great place to party.

If this tour attraction were to be drained all of this would disappear and for what? To make it virtually impossible to get to again? If there were no water to get up the canyon, access would be very difficult by foot. In result making the new venue unappealing to tourists. Plus, with the predicted health and environmental concerns, who would want it to be a destination for their next vacation anyways.

Lake Powell is now a place where you can surround yourself with and breathe its air without worrying about your health being in danger. This may not be for long, seeing how if the reservoir's future was up to these supposed environmentalists. The basic health risk is that when the already existing pollution is exposed to the remains at the bottom of the lake, they become toxic. It would be contaminated with heavy metals, pesticides and even radioactive material. So think, when this is something exposed to people in the area or for who knows how far when winds can spread it even farther, the overall wellness of residences and animals will be less than perfect. People care more about their health then some restored canyon (predicted to take centuries to wear away the ugly damage) making it less desirable and not something you would want to spend your tax dollars on.

The fraction of people who actually want this drainage to take place falls way sort of people who don't. Consequently, why should these people be the ones who get their precious tax dollars spent on something they don't even want in the first place. Especially when the overall figure is as high as it is. If the proposal does go through, it would cost hundreds of millions of dollars alone just to drain the lake. Most importantly the money saved from not draining Lake Powell, could be spent in other vital ways to better things in our country that really need it. Basically the whole idea is a waste of money.

In conclusion, who would want all of these factors to become a living reality. A loss of tourism, money and dangerous health risks to many is not something we need to have to, or want to, deal with in the future. All of this just because of some bad idea that doesn't have many advantages anyways, isn't the smartest thing most people have heard. In result, it just comes to leaving things the way they are. If they pull the plug on Lake Powell, they not just open up some undesirable canyon, but a whole mess of problems to go with it.