Lake Powell

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.


August 30, 2014--Federal water administrator airs out Colorado River water ‘myths’ (Associated Press)

A top federal water administrator said Friday that several myths stand in the way of broad agreements needed to deal with increasing demand for water in the drought-stricken and over-allocated Colorado River basin.


August 25, 2014--How the West was sunk? (Pueblo Chieftain)

Drought is nothing new to the arid West. Vast swatches of Colorado burned in 2012-13, and California, Oregon and Washington are experiencing one of the worst fire seasons in history this year. In the Colorado River basin, Lake Mead is at the lowest levels since it first filled, while Lake Powell is approaching levels too low to generate power.


August 20, 2014--If you think the water crisis can't get worse, wait until the aquifers are drained (National Geographic)

Aquifers provide us freshwater that makes up for surface water lost from drought-depleted lakes, rivers, and reservoirs. We are drawing down these hidden, mostly nonrenewable groundwater supplies at unsustainable rates in the western United States and in several dry regions globally, threatening our future. We are at our best when we can see a threat or challenge ahead.


August 20, 2014--Lake Powell water releases to Lake Mead will increase in 2015 (Parker Pioneer)

Based on the August 24-Month Study, which is the Bureau of Reclamation's monthly operational study, the water release from Lake Powell to Lake Mead for water year 2015 will be 8.23 million acre-feet. This is an increase from the 2014 release of 7.48 maf, which was the lowest release since Lake Powell filled in the 1960s.


August 14, 2014--Lake Mead now to stay above critical low levels (AccuWeather)

Lake Mead is at all-time record-low levels since it was filled back in the 1930s. The reading of 1080.19 feet recorded back on Tuesday, August 12 set the new record. Since then it has risen slightly. This is a massive 25 feet lower than this date just one year ago, also 25 feet lower than it was back in the middle of March. This drop has greatly affected the recreational uses of the lake.


August 13, 2014--Dire water predicament spurs cooperation, compromise (Grand Junction Free Press)

After a winter of happy news about the generous snowpack in Colorado’s mountains, summer brought reminders that our regional water situation is dire – or, at least, poised on the edge of direness. Just as the ink was drying on mid-July headlines announcing that Lake Mead had dropped t


August 11, 2014--Bone on bone in the Colorado River: Energy in times of drought (Denver Post)

Colorado water leaders used a curious approach last week in announcing a new water conservation program involving the Colorado River. They talked about electricity and the effect of spiking prices on corn farmers in eastern Colorado, ski area operators on the Western Slope, and cities along the Front Range. The scenario?


August 10, 2014--Prepared for water challenges (Las Vegas Sun)

When Lake Mead was created in 1935, it made history. Hoover Dam had tamed the wild and unpredictable Colorado River, creating the nation’s largest man-made reservoir and establishing a bank account of water resources that has supported the American Southwest ever since.


July 24, 2014--In Colorado River Basin, groundwater is disappearing much faster than Lake Mead (Circle of Blue)

The mineral-stained canyon walls and the plunging water levels at Lake Mead, the nation’s largest reservoir, are the most visible signs of the driest 14-year period in the Colorado River Basin’s historical record.


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