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Some Urge Modifying Dams On Colorado River

Whether it’s because of drought or the anticipated effects of climate change, the supply of Colorado River water to Western states is something that attracts a lot of focus.

And earlier this month, we learned that less-than-ideal rainfall in the winter means that water levels in Lake Mead will be lower than anticipated and could drop 20 feet by 2019.

Mead and Lake Powell are often referred to as water savings accounts. But some are wondering whether this is the time to modify the Colorado’s dams, primarily Glen Canyon.

Tara Lohan is managing editor of Water Deeply, an independent media project that primarily covers California water. She recently wrote the story, "Calls to Rethink the Colorado River’s Iconic Dams Grow Louder." We spoke with Lohan.

Steve Goldstein was a host at KJZZ from 1997 to 2022.