Lake Mead Reachs Record Low

Lake meadWe have written other past blogs that show how the weather in the U.S. effects us here in Canada. Without rain pastures don’t grow as plentiful, feed becomes more expensive, and consequently beef, etc. becomes more expensive. I can’t help but think of this as I saw this hit the news.lake mead1

Lake Mead is a man-made reservoir that serves 20 million residents in Nevada,Arizona, and California. The water levels are at an all time low.

lake mead4The water level is currently at 1,074 feet and is expected to drop more in the coming weeks, losing another 5 ft by the end of June. The present depth is the lowest since the basin was built in 1937. The water contracts that depend on the lake have not been affected as yet, but the Colorado River Basin is in the midst of a 16 yr drought, which is the worst in 100 yrs of recorded history. The drought and continuing warming climate have contributed to the low run off levels from the Colorado River to Lake Mead.lake mead3

Several efforts to conserve water are now underway in the area. The lower basin states are looking to conserve 1.5 to 3 million acre feet of water over the next 5 yrs. One acre foot of water is enough to supply two average homes in Las Vegas Valley for just over a year.lake mead5

Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam still see millions of visitors a year and this popular tourist attraction remains open throughout the year.

 

Hoover Dam “Bath Tub Ring”

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