Lake Powell name change pushed |

Lake Powell name change pushed

Allen Best/Special to the Daily

That’s because a Lake Powell in Colorado already existed before Utah was dammed to create the reservoir. The lake is located in Rocky Mountain National Park, at the headwaters of the Colorado River. The U.S. Board of Geographic Names rules state that no two geographic features in a single watershed can have the same name, argues Bill Bernat, of the Glen Canyon Institute, writing in the August/September issue of the Canyon Country Zephyr.

Less valuable to name-change proponents is the federal policy that suggests modification “where ambiguity is likely to occur.” The two Lake Powells are roughly 500 miles apart, one tiny and located near timberline, the other vast and surrounded by desert.

For some, there’s another matter involved. The name “lake” shuld be reserved for natural bodies of water, while “reservoirs’ should apply to artificial creations.

A good many people think that the name “lake” applies to natural bodies of water and “reservoirs” to artificial creations. Writing in Colorado Central, a magazine based in Salida, Ed Quillen recalls editing a newspaper in Breckenridge during the 1970s when he and the local chamber of commerce disagreed over what to call the local body of water – Dillon Reservoir or Lake Dillon.

Whistler mulls new growth limit

WHISTLER, B.C. – Long ago Whistler set a cap on growth. By all estimates, the resort will reach that buildout of 55,500 bed units – including resident housing – within two years. If the community sticks with that plan, only redevelopment and renovations will then be allowed.

But for some time the municipality has been considering what-ifs. Alternatives range from a 10 percent increase in beds dedicated to local residents to an increase in overall development, with market housing paying the costs for locals. The discussion is framed within the community’s long-standing goal of achieving sustainability.

One concern driving many discussions, reports Pique newsmagazine, is a fear that as Whistler builds out, the locals will scamper elsewhere and the service economy will bust, the way that Aspen and Vail are perceived. It is assumed that 75 percent of market bed units that currently house employees in Whistler will be lost by the year 2020.

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