Severe drought threatens Hoover dam reservoir – and water for US west
[S]ince 2000, scientists say the river’s flow has dwindled by 20% compared to the previous century’s average. This year is the second driest on record, with the flow into Lake Mead just a quarter of what would be considered normal. … In June, the level of Lake Mead plunged below 1,075ft, a point that will trigger, for the first time, federally mandated cuts in water allocations next year. The Bureau of Reclamation expects this historic low to spiral further …
- KTLA: Water level in Lake Mead, key reservoir along Colorado River, reaching record lows
- Salt Lake Tribune: Neighbor wasting water? Is ‘water shaming’ the answer?
- New York Times: Drought Hits the Southwest, and New Mexico’s Canals Run Dry
- National Geographic: A legendary Arizona river is under threat
- The Colorado Sun: The Colorado River is drying up faster than federal officials can keep track. Mandatory water cuts are looming.