Lake Mead

December 17, 2014--States in parched Southwest take steps to bolster a crucial reservoir (New York Times)

With a 14-year drought in the Colorado River basin showing few signs of breaking, states along the river’s path are taking new steps this month to ensure that Lake Mead — the Colorado River reservoir that is the water source for much of the Southwest — does not fail them. Of


December 14, 2014--How to avoid injury in a Western water war (Havasu News)

Is the West facing a water war? Facing continued drought, several states are making moves that could threaten interstate compacts and, more importantly, the amount of water flowing into the Colorado River.


December 13, 2014--Arizona farmers take hit to stave off water crisis (Arizona Central)

All it takes is 10 feet of water to go from caution to crisis on the Colorado River. That's why Arizona farmers like Dan Thelander support a new agreement that will help conserve the amount of water in Lake Mead even though it could mean short-term sacrifices for them.


December 5, 2014--States expected to reduce water taken from Lake Mead (Arizona Central)

Arizona and various water agencies in Nevada and California are expected to approve an agreement this month that would reduce the amount of water taken from Lake Mead. The measure is considered a significant step toward protecting one of the main reservoirs of Colorado River water. The lake is at historically low levels because of a 14-year drought.


November 23, 2014--Record drought reveals stunning changes along Colorado River (National Geographic)

In early September, at the abandoned Piute Farms marina on a remote edge of southern Utah's Navajo reservation, we watched a ten-foot (three-meter) waterfall plunging off what used to be the end of the San Juan River. Until 1990, this point marked the smooth confluence of the river with Lake Powell, one of the largest reservoirs in the U.S.


November 22, 2014--Panel recommends $650 million Lake Mead project, rate hike (Las Vegas Journal)

A community advisory committee is recommending a new $650 million water project — and a rate hike to pay for it — to secure the Las Vegas Valley’s water supply even under a worst case scenario at Lake Mead.


November 15, 2014--Arizonans getting more serious about water (Arizona Central)

"Water's precious," says the old prospector in the 1948 classic "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre." "Sometimes, maybe more precious than gold." You can visualize that truth today at Lake Mead in Nevada, where construction workers use a boring machine the length of two football fields to ca


October 2, 2014--Good intentions gone awry on the Colorado River (Mountain Town News)

For Brad Udall, family history and public policy in the Colorado River mingle. His father was Morris K. Udall, a congressman from Arizona who pushed hard for the Central Arizona Project, which was approved by Congress in 1968. His uncle Stewart Udall, a former Arizona congressman, was secretary of Interior when CAP was approved.


September 28, 2014--Concern mounts about Colorado River water supply (Durango Herald)

The water in Navajo Reservoir could play a role in meeting Colorado River Compact obligations in the event of continued drought, Bruce Whitehead, director of the Southwestern Water Conservation District said Friday.


September 18, 2014--With close to average runoff, Lake Mead holds its own in late summer (Rocky Mountain PBS)

Lake Mead, the vast reservoir behind iconic Hoover Dam outside Las Vegas, is holding its own in later summer, after plummeting in July past levels not seen since it first filled in the 1930s. The surface elevation of Lake Mead reached the historic low of  1,081.75 feet above sea level during the week of July 7, according to the Bureau of Reclamation. On Aug.


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