Books have been written about the waning waters of the Colorado River drainage, and roughly $1 million has been spent to deepen boat channels at Lake Powell, but perhaps the best evidence symbolizing the plight of the once-majestic river is a photo from Space.
Taken on May 13 of this year by a satellite associated with the NASA Earth Observatory, the image shows a muddy river snaking through Glen Canyon National Recreation Area in southern Utah and northern Arizona. According to officials, the image shows Lake Powell being just half-full. Fourteen years ago the late was at 94 percent of its capacity, the Earth Observatory reported. Since then, there have been 11 years of drought conditions.
To put some perspective to the lake's current level, if you were on a boat bobbing on the surface, "full pool" of the reservoir would be 117 feet above you, the Observatory notes.