Malcolm Wilson

last updated 10/6/2017

Malcolm M. Wilson

Water Resources Engineer at Bureau of Reclamation

Location:
2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, California, United States
HQ Phone:
(916) 978-5100

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Jolted by Reality, Colorado River Water Managers Plan for Persistent Drought - Circle of Blue

These Rocky Mountain reservoirs evaporate less water than Powell, located in Utah's arid canyon country, said Malcolm Wilson, chief of the Bureau of Reclamation's water resources group, which operates the reservoirs.
But that does not preclude a shift in operations. "There's nothing to say we couldn't release more water than we have to sustain Powell," Wilson told Circle of Blue, stating that the interests of the upper basin and Reclamation align, both wanting to keep the dam's cash register ringing.

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Jolted by Reality, Colorado River Water Managers Plan for Persistent Drought - Circle of Blue

These Rocky Mountain reservoirs evaporate less water than Powell, located in Utah's arid canyon country, said Malcolm Wilson, chief of the Bureau of Reclamation's water resources group, which operates the reservoirs.
But that does not preclude a shift in operations. "There's nothing to say we couldn't release more water than we have to sustain Powell," Wilson told Circle of Blue, stating that the interests of the upper basin and Reclamation align, both wanting to keep the dam's cash register ringing.

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http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/water-environment/dry-soil-absorb-some-snowmelt-heading-colorado-river

A dry fall and early winter reduced soil moisture in the basin, said Malcolm Wilson of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, which manages Lake Powell and hundreds of other reservoirs.
"When you have dry soil, the first place the water goes is to recharge that soil," he said. Lake Powell, behind the 580-foot-high Glen Canyon Dam, helps the Bureau of Reclamation regulate the river and distribute its water. The reservoir serves as a kind of savings account for the Upper Basin states - Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming - storing up water during wet years to ensure they have enough to send to the Lower Basin states, even in dry years. Powell is about 45 percent full amid a long-term drought, but that should provide a big enough cushion that Lower Basin states - Arizona, California and Nevada - can get their share for the foreseeable future without requiring the Upper Basin to cut back, Wilson said. "We're in a pretty reasonable spot," he said. The lake was expected to rise 16 feet from this spring's snowmelt, Wilson said.

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