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1999 Friends of Lake Powell, Inc.
www.lakepowell.org
P.O. Box 7007
Page, AZ 86040 USA
(928) 645-2741  Fax: 928-353-2227

OPENING STATEMENT OF HON. CHRIS CANNON
A REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS
FROM THE STATE OF UTAH

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. As you know, my district contains the entire Utah portion of Lake Powell. Today, you will hear several witnesses testify as to the logical reasons for preserving the integrity of the lake.

As the Committee will hear, Lake Powell provides substantial power, drinking and irrigation water, and protection from ravenous floods for millions of people, people whose lives now depend upon the lake's existence. Not to mention the fact that Lake Powell is incomparable in scale and quality to any other recreational area in America, providing world renowned water recreation to some 3 million people every year.

Chairman, draining the lake is a ridiculous idea. I remember the debate before Glen Canyon Dam was built. The environmental effects were discussed. Frankly, I was offended at the idea that we would build a dam there and destroy what I think was a wonderful area, even though I was quite young at the time. The damage to the canyon was acknowledged at that time. The decision to go forward was made. It is too late to change that now simply because some have grown sentimental for Glen Canyon.

What existed then could never be restored. To suggest otherwise is silly. I dare say this could be the silliest proposal discussed in the 105th Congress.

Mr. Chairman, I have seen environmental proposals in my district that can only be described as dumb, some monumentally dumb. But now, Mr. Chairman, we have dumb and dumber. In that spirit, I would like to introduce my top 10 environmental ideas that might be even dumber than draining Lake Powell.

Number 10, remove the Statute of Liberty and reclaim Liberty Island. Number 9, return New Orleans and Southern Louisiana to its natural wetlands state. Number 8, dismantle all white houses cluttering our Nation's shorelines. Number 7, return Mount Rushmore to its pristine state. Number 6, repack Manhattan's linking tunnel. Number 5, remove the Golden Gate Bridge from the San Francisco Bay. Number 4, rip up the interstate highways that litter our landscape. Number 3, fill in Lake Erie Canal. Number 2, return Washington to its original and swampy wetlands, a proposal that might well be received around the country. And Number 1, designate a 1.7-million-acre national monument in Southern Utah without any hearings. Thank you.

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