Lake Mead
Digital Controls Improve Energy Efficiency

Mechanical parts from the 1950s are being replaced with digital controls at three dams.

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For years, the state took as much water as it could from Lake Mead; now it plans to leave some in the reservoir.

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breaking point

Completed in 1935, Hoover Dam supplies electricity to 29 million people in Arizona, California and Nevada.

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What happens if Lake Mead drops too low to generate electricity at Hoover Dam?

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In 2008 journalist and photographer Jon Waterman spent five months traveling the Colorado River to understand the extent of its shrinking.

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Southeast could learn from Southwest

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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

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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.

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Profligate use hurts in unexpected places Quest for new supplies nationwide

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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.

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