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At its lowest point in history, Lake Powell sees first growth in months

The critical lake has risen less than a third of a foot in the past after it reached its lowest point since being filled in 1980.

PAGE, Ariz. — Nearly 50 years after being filled, Lake Powell recently reached its lowest point.

Since then, the lake's seasonal uptrend in water levels has begun.

Lake Powell hit a new low of 3520.46 feet on March 13, data from the Bureau of Reclamation shows.

However, the following eight days all saw more water flow into the lake than out of it, resulting in just under half a foot of rise in water levels. The increase is the first sustained gains the lake has seen since May of last year.

The historically high amounts of rain and snow the U.S. Southwest has received over the past winter may have kickstarted Lake Powell's seasonal uptrend very early. The lake usually doesn't start seeing more intake than outtake until mountain snow begins to melt in mid-May, data from the U.S. Geological Survey showed.

It's unclear just how much this past unusually wet winter will affect the lake and the Colorado River at large. However, a positive impact can be expected as nearly every upper and lower river basin state is reporting triple-digit percent above-average moisture.

As Spring kicks off, time will tell just how much of a boost summer snowmelt will bring to the parched Southwest.

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Credit: United States Geological Survey

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