As the lake mead shrinks due to climate change and drought, western states are worried

Saturday, May 21, 2022
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What Was the Lake Mead Water Level on July 31?

The South Nevada Water Authority has made a challenge for its social media players. The question is‚ what was the Lake Mead water level on July 31? Among the top answers are 1‚000 feet and 1‚060 feet.

The third year of extreme drought in the American West is entering its third year. Lake Mead water levels‚ the largest reservoir of man made water in America‚ supplies water for tens to millions of people. The water level at Lake Mead continues to drop over the last month. It now has approximately 30% capacity. The lake is 1‚299 feet high at its maximum capacity. It was at 1‚055 feet‚ 244 feet lower than that on Wednesday. The state's water supply will not be interrupted as the new pumping station was activated by the Southern Nevada Water Authority in response to the falling lake level. Lake Mead is lit up by the sun. The lake's water level has dropped to levels not seen since April 16‚ when Hoover Dam was built. (Caitlin Ochs/Reuters) Colby Pellegrino (deputy general manager for resources at the Southern Nevada Water Authority) said that it was the worst it has ever been. Las Vegas Review-Journal This week's update on the drought. The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California has placed restrictions on approximately 6 million customers. These restrictions will be in effect starting on June 1‚ due to the water shortages at Lake Mead‚ Colorado River and elsewhere. Residents are prohibited from watering their lawns or plants for more than one day each week. In mid-August last year‚ the federal government declared the first ever water shortage in the Colorado River. This triggered cuts in the water Arizona could draw. The situation at Lake Powell has deteriorated since then. Seven Western States that depend on the Colorado River to water their waters agreed last week with the Department of the Interior's recommendation that they adopt conservation measures similar to those in Southern California. States like Washington received enough rainfall to ease drought conditions this winter‚ but parts of Arizona‚ California and Nevada continue to suffer from extreme drought. Another view showing the low level of Lake Mead.

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(Caitlin Ochs/Reuters) This drought is not only continuing to progress‚ but it's proceeding at a full-steam speed as ever‚ Parker Williams (a UCLA climate scientist)‚ said. Told National Geographic. Williams was the author of Nature Climate Change's new study that showed that higher temperatures due to excessive greenhouse gas emissions made Western drought 40% worse and that it will continue through 2030. The drought is expected to worsen as the temperatures rise. Lake Mead's water level will fall further. According to The southern nevada water authority the Hoover Dam cannot release water to California‚ Arizona or Mexico if its elevation is below 895 feet.