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Thirst Gap: As the reservoir shrinks, can Lake Powell recreation survive?

By Mark Brodie
Luke Runyon/KUNC
Published: Thursday, July 27, 2023 - 10:45am

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Houseboats on Lake Powell at Bullfrog Marina
Alex Hager/KUNC
Houseboats float on Lake Powell at Bullfrog Marina on July 7, 2022. The reservoir draws millions of boaters each year to recreate.

The seven Colorado River Basin states are trying to figure out how to use less water from the overallocated river. And the decisions they make could have major impacts for all of us living in the West.

Luke Runyon of KUNC in Colorado tells some of their stories in a six-part podcast series, called Thirst Gap. We’ll hear an episode each week over the next several weeks here on The Show.

Thursday brings you Episode 3, “The Big Empty,” which looks at changes to recreation at the country’s second-biggest reservoir, Lake Powell.

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