Thirsty Thursday

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Lake Mead, the nation’s largest reservoir, reached historic low levels over the weekend, another indication of the persistent drought that grips the American West.

Saturday night, even after a prolonged rainstorm, the gauges at Lake Mead settled out at 1,080.13 feet. It’s the lowest recorded lake elevation since the reservoir was filled in the 1930s, said Rose Davis, a spokeswoman for the Bureau of Reclamation, a federal agency that oversees water resources.

And it didn’t stop there. By mid-afternoon Tuesday, the lake was at 1,079.76 feet. If lake levels fall below 1,075 feet––which could happen this summer––it will trigger restrictions on the amount of water than can be drawn from the lake. Additional restrictions would follow if levels reach below 1,050 feet and 1,025 feet.

The city of Las Vegas, which gets 90 percent of its water from Lake Mead, is so concerned about falling reservoir levels that it is building a new intake pipeline deeper within the lake, to ensure it will be able withdraw water even if lake levels continue to decline.

@ Inside Climate News

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16 Responses to Thirsty Thursday

  1. Den says:

    Sin City might be BYOB (Bring Your Own Bottle) of water soon if the water drops too much in Lake Mead. Tsk, tsk, tsk.

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  2. David B. Benson says:

    Lake Roosevelt has about 3 times the capacity of Lake Mead.

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  3. David B. Benson says:

    @ Banyans, which takes half an hour or a few minutes more.

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    • David B. Benson says:

      And then 65 minutes to Sloan. So way over minimum for this week.

      Saw two hawks I didn’t recognize but also a Swainson’s hawk circling for altitude. Beautiful. Four grizzly cubs were out tussling and playing splash with a children’s wading pool. There were four keepers in the yard with them; the adults were in their cages.

      At the end said hello in passing with Reagan.

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  4. º¿carol says:

    Oops, messed up again and didn’t come here yesterday. Looks like I missed out the day before, too. I don’t know, there is always so much to do. I try to get to everything, but….

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  5. º¿carol says:

    Did the first mowing. Did the back on Tuesday, the rest yesterday. Everything looks beautiful, so green and pretty it hurts my eyes. Nice to see the lawns look so neat, all the detritus from fall and winter, gone, everything neat as a pin. Almost.

    I did the abandoned house next door, the trails I made, the ditches and both sides of the driveway. Did I mention there is a notice from Ingham County posted at the front of the house? “NO TRESPASSING.” Some other info on it w/ a phone number. Bob called the tax office at the county courthouse. It will be going up for auction around July 1st. This time one would be required to go to Lansing, somewhere in Lansing, to make a bid. Screw them. We’re not going anywhere to do that. Let the cards fall where they may, whoever buys it, buys it. I guess it will never be us. It’s not been in the cards, oh well.

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  6. º¿carol says:

    I was very happy to see Bernie Sanders toss his hat into the ring. Can’t wait for the primary so I can vote for him. I’m sure Hillary is a sure thing, but at least I’ll be able to renounce her by voting for Bernie.

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  7. º¿carol says:

    It’s amazing how the most insane republicans rise right to the top. Not in office five minutes, if you’re a certifiably insane repuke, you get all the publicity for your WONDERFUL ideas. Ted Cruz and now Tom Cotton of Arkansas. Another very dangerous man, but oh well…..just another day in paradise.

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  8. David B. Benson says:

    Miles, 8–10, to Twin Peaks. Only recently have I seen the antenna tower there. Takes the right lighting.

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  9. David B. Benson says:

    Hafta go to the grocery store so that I can quench my thirst for cerveza.

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