Lake Powell Workers Prepare for Moving Day

Lake Powell Workers Prepare for Moving Day

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John Hollenhorst reportingThis week, workers at Lake Powell will begin making preparations for a remarkable moving day in August.

Actually, the move will take five days because they're moving more than just furniture. Way more!

This is another big impact of the drought and the unprecedented lowering of Lake Powell.

The plan is to move a huge collection of buildings, boats, docks and slips-- all at once-- in a gigantic floating conglomeration.

Hall's Crossing is one of the three most important boating facilities on Lake Powell.

But look what's happening to the marina. It's trapped in a narrow canyon that's been getting smaller and narrower every year of the drought.

They have to move the marina this year or it's likely to get bottomed out and diffciult to use.

So here's the plan: In early August a fleet of about two dozen service boats will push and pull the whole thing, buildings, docks, boat-slips and 184 boats out into the main channel of Lake Powell.

They can't afford to wait beyond early August because by mid-summer the lake will be dropping again.

Dean Crane/Lake Powell Reports & Marinas: "That would mean we would not be able to move this facility in one piece. We would have to move it one dock at a time. It's much more efficient if we can pull it out in one piece."

There's a lot of work between now and August. Building new roads and parking areas, and new utility lines for water, electricity and sewers.

A similar problem exists at the much larger Wahweap Marina where an underwater rock formation directly beneath the marina is causing concern.

They considered moving Wahweap this year, too. But the latest thinking is, it's OK for another year.

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