A megadrought is draining Lake Mead faster than anticipated.
As the western mega-drought worsens, the nation’s largest reservoir hit a new worrisome milestone recently.
Editor’s note: This article first appeared at DailyMail.com
In the midst of dropping water levels and newly exposed shorelines at Lake Mead, its look and operations are changing.
Even though the amount of water in Lake Mead continues to decrease, it is not expected to go low enough to stop Hoover Dam’s ability to produce hydropower, according to officials from the Bureau of Reclamation.
Lake Mead National Recreation Area is the fifth most visited park in the nation for the second year in a row with 7.6 million visitors in 2021.
Visitors to Lake Mead National Recreation Area can now learn more about the native fish that inhabit the lake and what it takes to raise them.
Lake Mead’s water level is projected to drop more than 30 feet in the next two years, and the Southern Nevada Water Authority is urging people to continue conserving water.
Water operations at Lake Mead will not be affected by a reduction in the monthly water releases from Glen Canyon Dam in Arizona, according to Bureau of Reclamation officials.
Interior Secretary Deb Haaland on Sunday touted a recently signed $1.2 trillion infrastructure package, saying the law makes a historic investment in water and drought resilience.
States in the lower Colorado River basin are developing a $100 million plan that will leave more water in Lake Mead over the next couple of years.
Vice President Kamala Harris made the climate change case for two Biden administration initiatives Monday with the declining water levels of Lake Mead as a backdrop.
Changes are coming for boaters at Lake Mead National Recreation Area.
Deeper cuts to Nevada’s allocation of Colorado River water could be coming in the next few years, according to water level projections released recently.
As transportation officials mull the future of the important Interstate 11 build-out, one option is now off the table.