Mechanical parts from the 1950s are being replaced with digital controls at three dams.
For years, the state took as much water as it could from Lake Mead; now it plans to leave some in the reservoir.
Completed in 1935, Hoover Dam supplies electricity to 29 million people in Arizona, California and Nevada.
What happens if Lake Mead drops too low to generate electricity at Hoover Dam?
In 2008 journalist and photographer Jon Waterman spent five months traveling the Colorado River to understand the extent of its shrinking.
Southeast could learn from Southwest
Plans for a major freshwater pipeline for the Las Vegas Valley hit a legal roadblock.
A ruling from Nevada’s Supreme Court last week has threatened the fate of a massive pipeline project once hailed as critical to Las Vegas’ freshwater supply
SCOTTSDALE, Arizona — Or perhaps a yellow light. As the sun rises over Lake Mead, a new study suggests that the water body may not dry up as soon as a February study projected.
Profligate use hurts in unexpected places Quest for new supplies nationwide
In an interview with Circle of Blue, Tim Barnett discuses the falling levels in Lake Mead and the potential impact it could have on the American Southwest.