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.