The level of Lake Mead – as seen in July 2021 from Boulder City, Nevada – has been steadily declining due to a chronic drought.
A huge reservoir that supplies water to tens of millions of people in the Western United States is at such low levels that populations it feeds must reduce their usage next year, the government said Monday.
A chronic drought has left huge swathes of the … [more…]
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Wyoming wants to modify the Fontenelle Dam so it can use an extra 80,000 acre-feet of water from a tributary of the once-mighty Colorado River. At its headwaters, Denver Water hopes to expand a reservoir’s capacity by 77,000 acre-feet of water. And several hundred miles south, Utah is trying to build a pipeline that can funnel another 86,000 acre-feet out of the river.
There … [more…]
ED: reprinted from 2018 for its still-current relevance.
Colorado River water held back by the Hoover Dam. IMAGE: SHUTTERSTOCK / ROCKET PHOTOS – HQ STOCK
An hour’s drive from Las Vegas stands America’s Hoover Dam, a commanding barrier of concrete holding back the trillions of gallons of Colorado River water held inside Lake Mead.
The dam is a proud place, built by thousands of hands and with 5 million barrels … [more…]
Photo of Milanovac Lake in Croatia’s Plitvice National Park. (© Maurizio Biancarelli/ Wild Wonders of Europe)
Earth has a water problem.
Water crises in Cape Town and Southern California have shined a light on the plight of the planet’s fresh water in the face of climate change — and the critical role that nature plays in addressing today’s most pressing water challenges.
A new paper published in the scientific journal … [more…]
Many rural Nevada communities are opposed to the idea of pumping groundwater from outlying regions of the state to serve Las Vegas. (Ken Lund/Flickr)
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Members of Nevada’s Native American communities are planning to run nearly 300 miles next week to call for more sustainable water management in the state.
The Nevada state engineer denied a permit in August for a controversial pipeline plan decades in the … [more…]