Exploring Lake Powell

I arrived in Flagstaff, AZ in early October to start a postdoc with Charles Yackulic at the U.S. Geological Survey Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center.  I am diving in to a very new and exciting ecosystem, and am surrounding by an impressive collective knowledge regarding Lake Powell and the Colorado River.  I was able to tag-along on a routine monitoring trip up to Lake Powell & was immediately impressed by the vastness of the reservoir.  I read that if one were to stretch the Lake Powell shoreline out at full pool it would stretch 1900 miles (a distance equivalent to the entire west coast of the U.S.)!  It is the second biggest reservoir in the United States but is currently only at approximately half of its full capacity.  We sampled at the forebay to characterize the water entering the penstocks of Glen Canyon Dam.img_0369