Lake Mead human remains Another body found amid plunging

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Lake Mead Human Remains Find

A barrel containing human remains has been found near Lake Mead. The body was found near Callville Bay in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. The National Park Service responded to the scene. The Clark County Medical Examiner is trying to determine the cause of death‚ and there were no signs of foul play. If you'd like to know more about the case‚ visit the story linked above.

Water level in Lake Mead drops to 1‚055 feet

The level of Lake Mead has dropped to the lowest level since 1937. It's the lowest level since the Hoover Dam was built in 1937. The lake sits at around 1‚299 feet above sea level when full‚ but it is now at around 30 percent capacity. The water level is at a critical point for the reservoir's residents‚ as it has fallen below its maximum capacity for the first time in 79 years. The drop in Lake Mead has uncovered one of the three original intake valves. The valves at the bottom of the lake draw water in during periods of drought and floods. The water from the lake is then sent to treatment plants where it is processed into drinking water. According to Brad Udall‚ senior water researcher at the Colorado Water Institute‚ the low level at Lake Powell in April did not surprise him. This is due in part to delays in water releases from the Colorado River. The resulting delay caused a decrease in Lake Mead's water level. The Bureau of Reclamation has decided to hold back 480‚000 acre-feet of water in Lake Powell‚ which is about 455 miles upstream. The bureau of Reclamation has said it will release 500‚000 acre-feet per year from another reservoir‚ Flaming Gorge Reservoir‚ which is located about 455 miles upstream. The water release is estimated to be enough for two households to survive for a year. The Southern Nevada Water Authority recently completed a low-lake pumping station to provide water to residents when the lake level drops to a very low level. While the new pumping station is designed to pull water from a very low level in the lake‚ officials are monitoring the situation closely to determine whether additional water conservation measures will need to be implemented in the future. And while it's a good thing to have a backup water supply‚ the lack of water will affect the overall quality of life in the desert. The evaporation loss estimate for Lake Mead is between 600‚000 and 875‚000 acre-feet per year. If the lake levels continue to drop‚ the reservoirs will become less than half their current capacity. This will also have an impact on the wildlife in the area. And if the reservoir level continues to drop‚ the effects on the people of the region will be felt for years. The lake is also a critical part of the Southern Nevada Water Authority's efforts to reduce water pollution. It is responsible for providing water to the city of Las Vegas. While Lake Mead has an intake valve high and dry above the water line‚ it is one of the major reservoirs. A large portion of the reservoir's water supply comes from Lake Powell‚ which is only one hundred and fifty feet above sea level.

Human remains found in barrel

A Lake Mead human remains find has sparked a massive investigation. Local residents of Hollister‚ Nevada‚ notified local authorities of the discovery‚ and park rangers were called in to investigate. The barrel‚ buried in mud‚ did not wash onshore during the drought‚ but the human remains were still in the water and could not be easily identified. The remains will need to be identified by DNA‚ dental records‚ and other means. The forensic experts will then work backward to identify the body. The corpse was not recognizable to anyone who came across it‚ but investigators believe it was a victim of the Mafia. Several dozen of his bones were found in the barrel. Investigators believe the man died between the 1970s and early 1980s. They are awaiting autopsy results‚ but believe the death occurred at least four decades ago. If they are related‚ the case could be a mafia hit. The National Park Service has established a perimeter around the barrel‚ and is working with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's Crime Scene Investigations to investigate the cause of death. The body's cause of death will be determined by the Clark County Coroner's office. An eyewitness from Las Vegas told News 3 that she and her husband were on a boat near the Hemenway Harbor when they heard a woman screaming. Because of the low water level‚ the barrel could have been visible. The human remains found in a barrel near the shore of Lake Mead National Recreation Area were first reported on Sunday‚ by a passerby. The National Park Service set up a perimeter to recover the remains. It has contacted the Clark County Medical Examiner in order to determine the cause of death. The skeletal remains were discovered near the Hemenway Harbor boat launch‚ near a parking area. Regardless of the cause of death‚ the remains are still considered unidentified and the family will be notified. Authorities say the victim was shot to death sometime between the mid-1970s and early 1980s. The identity of the victim has not been released‚ but a $5‚000 reward for any body discovered is offered by the retired officers. The reward aims to help police find the bodies and bring closure to the families of the victims. The bodies found in the barrel are not the only ones missing in the Nevada reservoir. Those in the state of Nevada are concerned about the water levels of Lake Mead.

Glen Canyon Dam's ability to generate hydroelectricity

The reservoir at Glen Canyon Dam is a major source of hydroelectricity‚ powering about five million people in seven Western states. But as the reservoir level declines‚ the amount of water passing through the dam drops‚ and the water pressure to drive turbines is reduced. The lower water pressure means a lower hydraulic head‚ which makes the generators more efficient. But this doesn't mean that the reservoir is finished generating power. In 2007‚ Glen Canyon Dam will begin imposing water delivery restrictions. The Colorado River's water levels are dipping rapidly due to the unprecedented drought in the Western United States. As a result‚ water levels at two Colorado River reservoirs haven't been this low since the reservoirs were first filled. At this stage‚ water levels could drop 30 feet and cause Glen Canyon Dam to stop generating hydroelectricity. But federal officials are confident that water levels will rise‚ but say more may be needed to keep the reservoirs full long enough to keep the dam operating at its full capacity. The water levels at Lake Powell are at record lows. The dam‚ which is owned by the government‚ is facing an impending water shortage that threatens its ability to generate hydroelectricity. This situation is exacerbated by climate change‚ which is already reducing the water levels in Lake Powell. Fortunately‚ the Bureau of Reclamation has announced two new measures to restore the lake's water levels. But the measures are framed as painful Band-Aid solutions and are reducing other water reserves in the region. Another change to the dam's operations is planned for this winter. Water deliveries to the Lower Basin states will be reduced by half a million acre-feet. In exchange for these adjustments‚ the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is limiting water deliveries by half million acre-feet. While these changes are welcome news for the people of the Lower Basin‚ the new rules will reduce water deliveries. Currently‚ the reservoir at Glen Canyon Dam is at the minimum power pool‚ and it's a risk for its turbines to be damaged by the falling water level. If the water level continues to drop at the current rate‚ it could eventually reach a deadpool‚ a point where water can't pass through the dam because it's at the minimum power pool. The government has taken measures to avoid this problem‚ but the danger is that Lake Powell will eventually reach a deadpool and the power will be shut off. The dam's water level is currently at 3‚522 feet‚ the lowest since it was filled in the 1960s. While Lake Powell is still capable of generating hydropower at this level‚ the government's actions could increase the minimum power pool by 16 feet. The federal government's actions are only temporary. A final decision will be made by early May. So‚ we will have to wait a while before the effects of the drought are felt.