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Backpacker Magazine – June 2005
Drought has brought the canyon back. Would national park status keep it that way?
Both Haskell and Peterson contend it would be far more economical to keep Powell's water downstream in Lake Mead (currently almost half empty) or underground in existing aquifers--a practice becoming more common in Arizona and Nevada. And although Haskell remains skeptical, Peterson also believes that a national park designation would help promote a more efficient water policy and restore Glen Canyon by government mandate rather than by accident.
"We're talking about more than a million acres here, a huge blank spot on the map," says Peterson. "How can we pass up the chance to protect it?"
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