Despite drying conditions, four states plan additional water projects. Photo © J. Carl Ganter / Circle of Blue Water ripples across a boat ramp at Lake Mead, the reservoir formed by Hoover Dam. The lake will drop to a record low this week, the consequence of a 14-year drought endured without a reduction in water […]
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Most of the water evaporated from soils, according to new research using satellite data. Photo © Flickr/Creative Commons user TexasEagle Sand blows on the shores of Lake Whitney, south of Fort Worth, Texas in 2011. During the drought that year water reserves in Texas dropped by 62.3 billion cubic meters (50.5 million acre feet) — […]
The reservoir is expected to rise nearly 30 feet, and power output at the Hoover Dam will increase as well.
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. Scientists from the University of Colorado just came out with research that gives the lake a five percent chance of disappearing […]
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. Reviewing the reservoir’s state and outlook, he highlights the potential economic, environmental, and social impacts of declining water levels. Barnett is a research marine geophysicist in the Climate […]
Plan 2014, a proposal to alter lake levels and restore wetlands, places ecosystems at the heart of decisions. Photo © Codi Kozacek / Circle of Blue Linking the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence River is a pathway into the heart of North America traversed by ships from all over the world. […]
Drinking Water Diversion Proposed For Out Of Basin City
Urban waste and falling water levels signaled a rough start to 2012 for some of the world’s largest and most iconic freshwater lakes. Image courtesy NASA Dry weather and pollution are plaguing some of the major lakes in China, Africa, South and North America at the start of the year, posing threats to regional water […]
A new pumping station would draw water from the bottom of a shrinking Lake Mead.
For years, the state took as much water as it could from Lake Mead; now it plans to leave some in the reservoir.
What happens if Lake Mead drops too low to generate electricity at Hoover Dam?
The Rundown The EPA proposes a more nuanced examination of how sewer system upgrades affect the finances of people in the lowest income brackets. Bureau of Reclamation models show a higher risk of low reservoir levels in the Colorado River basin. The State Department expands a Lower Mekong basin partnership that focuses on water management. […]