Lake Mead Is Half Empty

Hoover Dam logo.Nothing combines the concepts of water and power like Hoover Dam.

The electricity generating turbines at Hoover (a.k.a. Boulder) Dam spin due to the pressure exerted by the water in man made Lake Mead.

According to Boing Boing’s Mark Frauenfelder, in an article published by GOOD magazine, the water level has fallen 100 feet in Lake Mead since 2000.

Mark describes the profligate use of water despite a declared drought. Such careless use is even more absurd given the historic dryness of the area. Glad there’s water in the well here in Pahrump.

Don’t laugh, Southern California, Hoover Dam powers the pumps that send Colorado River water to you. Prepare to dry.

Lake Mead is like a martini glass—wide at the top and narrow at the bottom. That 10 percent dip represents a loss of half Lake Mead’s water supply in nine years, from 96 percent capacity to 43 percent.

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