Draining Lake Powell

Draining Lake Powell
This paper explores the fight between draining Lake Powell and keeping it as is. It discusses the gains and the losses due to environmental, economical, and political issues. The bibliography uses sources from public interest publications, environmental organizations newsletters, and government publications to give many sides of the argument and many issues dealing with the subject matter.
CQ weekly is a paper that focuses on the actions of the US government. They call themselves ?100 reporters and editors, focused solely on Congress, analyze trends, members and upcoming Hill activity.? The paper actually shuts down when the senate and house is at recess. This article spotlights a bill giving money to water and power studies and plan implementation. The article is a good informative letter on the use of this money, and plans that the government has for it. It shows actual thoughts and decisions from US senators and representatives. It shows the use of money to specific programs, as well as totals. It is a good source to find the economic drains and helps along with the government sentiments on the subject.
Franklin, Chris ?Let the Colorado River run free? Earth Island Journal Spring 97: 23.

The Earth Island Journal comes from the Earth Island Institute, an environmental foundation which is dedicated to the protecting of our worlds environment, plants, and animals. It did seem strange that in the mission statement they mentioned one living thing to save, the sea turtle. They were created in 1982, and have 32 worldwide projects. Their journal, the Earth Island Journal, is said to be a ?tree free? print. What is it printed on I wonder? This article focuses on more than Lake Powell; it talks about the 11 dams which are now on the Colorado, and the ecological changes which are taking place along the whole of the river. It uses examples from the Glen Canyon dam to help the argument, but still does not talk about any positive changes in the Colorado River ecosystem.
?Glen Canyon: Just Drain It!? Earth Island Journal, Autumn 2000: 24.

The article which comes from this Journal above described was very informative. It focuses mostly on draining Lake Powell, but did give information on what good comes from the lake. The organization is for draining the lake, so articles that come from the journal will all be to this bias. The information coming from the article gave explicit information of the canyon before and after the making of the lake, as well as changes which it brought about.
McManus, Reed ?Down Come the Dams? Sierra Mau/June 98: 16.

Sierra Magazine comes from the Sierra Club, which is the oldest environmental group in the US, started in 1892. There are now over 700,000 members which are dedicated to exploring, saving, and helping to restore the wild places on earth through lawful means. The Sierra Club is the number one supporter of draining Lake Powell, is being their idea. This article focuses on the comparison of the Glen Canyon Dam to other dams around the US. It tells of the gains from taking down the dams and the losses received from putting more up. It compares these losses to what is happening in Glen Canyon. It is weak in the side of not introducing gains from dams and hydroelectric power.
?Unemployment Rate Drops to 6%.? Arizona Daily Sun 08 Nov. 2003: A1

The Arizona Daily Sun is a local Flagstaff newspaper which focuses on nearby events and happenings as well as US and world issues. Though this article did now reflect exactly on the subject of Lake Powell and the Glan Canyon Dam, it did give good economic information about what is happening in the US which could be used in examples in a work about the lake and dam. The article itself focuses on the rate changes in unemployment and the state of the economy in the US. It does not state solutions or definite outcomes of these problems, but did relate it to other local issues.
Wilke, Anne W. ?Should Lake Powell be drained?? E Magazine: The Environmental Magazine Jan/Feb98:19.

E magazine differs from that of the Sierra and Earth Island journals in that it is not affiliated with an environmental activist group. The magazine was created to get out information about what is going on in today?s environment to inform and to inspire people to get out and do something about it. This article is short and concise, only giving basic information about the dam and the battle. It has strength in this in that it leaves the reader to decide on their own which side should win the argument, and to which side the reader would like to join, though at the and of the letter, it does hint at removal of the dam because of we know its betterment at this time. It does lack much information about the dam itself and the area, these details in which are very much needed to tell the difference between the causes and effects of problems along with their solutions.
Zengerle, Jason ?Water over the damn? New Republic 24 Nov. 97: 20.

The New Republic is a magazine that is dedicated to information having to do with the US, from government policy to other citizen controversy. Its articles use the perspective of the writers to convey subject of political and cultural importance to the readers. The article highlights the Sierra Club and its efforts on the draining of Lake Powell. The writer gives both sides of the argument, showing in detail, what can be gained and lost from the existence, or draining of the reservoir. It has strength in its use of analyzing the arguments of another group, and taking outside sources to refute or backup those arguments. There is a focus on the peoples, governments, and groups perspective on the idea. The final thoughts are what bring it all together as a paper refuting the clubs argument, if not only analyzing it.
Creative Writing, Appreciated Subject

A Different Culture, A Different Look

?Hey fucker, get the hell over here? ?How about you kiss my ass pendejo? The grin on his face is about as big as the gun he holds in his hands; an AK-47 looks really neat with a 30 round clip, let me tell you. The burb they came in is lifted 6 inches, and rides on 35? tires. This beast doesn?t even need four wheel to climb a cliff. The three assholes are about as loaded down with ammunition as they are hung over, from the night before being the first night of the camp, what we like to call fucked night. Not to be confused with fucked day, which means you have the guns, just there is a lot more beer involved, and it goes on all day. Now that the trucks are left behind, it starts to get much more interesting. Packing in three guns(shotgun, rifle, pistol), two fishing rods(fly, spinning), a bow and arrows, and two cases of beer each is not an easy task for any one person, especially when you need things like food and a sleeping bag. Trips like this one are common, but usually only happen once on the camp. This is the day where the lake you are going to has no road leading to it, meaning there are usually no people around, meaning shooting at things and catching fish becomes much more fun and free. ?Hey dipshit, your rifles is about to fall of that hook on the top? ?That?s why I got the bungey cord on the side fuckface? The three assholes start off into the forest to find something to kill, and something else to break. These are the things that assholes do alone in the woods. Their heavy packs weigh them down at first, but soon they fall into a rhythm on the trail. Eyes dart from side to side, always looking from what lurks in the shadows. ?Tweety!? yells one of the assholes as he points. With expert timing and movement he swings his rifle down from his pack from into his hands, aiming straight at a small spruce tree. The bird seems to explode into thin air, but that explosion is silenced by the laughter of the tree assholes. The amusement of seeing a small bird flying into a million feathers from the bullet of a Winchester .308 never ends. Some may call it excessive force, assholes call is entertainment. The assholes keep in their trek down the trail, quickening their pace with every quarter mile that they cross. Since it is only two miles to the lake, those two miles seem to be the finishing straightaway, making them hike quicker than usual. Through a few tweety birds, a squirrel and some trees, they leave a sort of in tuned destruction. They know how to destroy things in a peaceful manner, one which will not make a problem in society, these are the assholes of the forest. The lake is now in sight, only a quarter of a mile down the hill, and they will be upon their feast. The feast is of the beauty, the serenity, and the pleasantries of the backwoods, which they are about to fill with thunder, laughing, and antics that only a true dumbass could pull off. As the assholes get closer to the lake, they see a very common sight, seagulls. ?Damn gulls? is heard muttered through the three of them. Now they are within sniper range. They line up in a gun line, they may be assholes, but they do know the ten rules of gun safety. Rifles cocked, safety off, and ten gulls just waiting peacefully in the water. The guns explode, and three seagulls seem to pop, being bigger than tweety birds, the others now bolting from the water. ?Dibs!? Yells one of the assholes as he hands off his rifles, takes down his shotgun, and runs forward from the line. Forest assholes know exactly what he means with this. His 12 gauge is poised to the air as he follows slightly in front of the birds trails, he shoots, pulling the pump back and shoving it forward, he follows and shoots again, a third time with the action, and he shoots once more. An asshole screech jumps from the throat of one watching. An asshole screech is hard to explain unless one has heard it, and sometimes it may take different sounds. Usually it starts with a eeee from a rolling throat, then takes on a rolling tongue, or an oooo sounds, depends on the asshole. ?God damn, three birds in three shots from that distance, ten bucks says you can?t do it again!? ?Shit, I could do it naked, bent over, shooting between my legs blindfolded.? ?Yeah, you fuckers maybe, but my cock would get in the way of my rifle, even if it were between my ankles.? Vulgarities seem to be a common friend among the asshole, even ones that take on no meaning to the normal person. Like not being able to ?drive a spike with a tack hammer,? which make seem strange, but actually means though an asshole is fat, he needs it to drive his large genitalia forward. The assholes continue to the camp right next to the lake, there is no one around, just perfect for a camping trip of this type. The lay their firearms and fishing rods carefully up against trees and bushes, but just throw their backpacks on the ground. Now you would think that assholes of this type would go right for the beer, but assholes have a different perspective on life than most people think. They are naked and in the lake before anyone knows what is going on. It is quite hot out, and they did just hike two miles carrying 60lbs of crap through the woods. The thoughts of most people are actually half right. After the first dip in the lake the call comes from the two further out into the water, ?Beer me!? After a few rounds of beer fishing (one asshole throws a beer, and the other swims after it) the assholes look up to the shore and see their shimmering rods (hehehe, he said shimmering rod) knowing that the fish are just waiting for them. They get out and throw some pants on, nothing more, then get their tackle ready for the fishin. Since they are just fishing for catfish, some chicken live is thrown on some hooks, chucked into the water, and left to catch something. This is when the assholes are left to go and explore the woods around them. ?Ten bucks? is heard again from the assholes, this being their main challenge. An asshole grabs his pistol and motions to the others. The all put on their shoes and grab their pistols. Now ?ten bucks? can be used for many situations. This one is an open situation where the assholes go exploring and whoever can make the most best shots with the pistol doesn?t win anything, but still wins the bet. No money is every exchanged between assholes, except when one is going to buy booze. The day goes about like this, shooting, fishing, and drinking, till the light starts to fall, where the night gets real. One might call a normal fire right when camping about a two foot radius, but assholes have something a little different, this may be a small difference, or a large difference depending if they have a chainsaw or not. If a chainsaw is available, then the fire becomes a raft, where whole trees are cut down, drug to the water, and stacked up to make a raft. This raft is then pushed out onto the lake, and lit on fire, which is also, very neat. This time the chainsaw is not available, firepower was chosen over chain power. ?Hey, dickhead, why don?t you run up that hill and saw off some branches? ?I have a better idea anus-face, why don?t you try and rip that dick out of your asshole? So now the assholes are open to forage for wood, which they will do for a good hour, meaning they have quite a pile. This type of night calls for a fire pit with a 7? radius. They have the quality fire for some good fresh fish roasting, along with some poached duck. So on goes the night, drinking, making the fire bigger, jumping in the lake, eating food, and shooting shit. The life of an asshole is simple and fun. They may not make it well in your normal city, but in the woods by themselves, they are the kings of the universe.

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