Letter to the Editor: Not everyone wants Lake Powe

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    Jennifer M. LambertGurnee, Ill.

    I am a conservation biology major, and I just want students to know that not all of us approve of draining Lake Powell.

    The damage has been done. We do not have the scientific know-how to restore that area to its original condition; we should not even pretend that we do. Let it go. It is best to fight the fight elsewhere–somewhere we can prevent further exhaustive damage in a way that reconciles the needs of the people with those of the environment. Conservation is a field of compromise. Unless we are willing to compromise and pick our fights wisely, the message environmentalists have (and it is a valid one) will never be taken seriously, as is already apparent.

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