Lake Mead Shrivels to Historic Low Level. In Just Two Years, the Change is Dramatic Enough to be Visible from Space

Not that it was any surprise, but thanks to continuing drought, Arizona’s Lake Mead is projected to shrivel this week to its lowest level since it first filled behind Hoover Dam in the 1930s.

All told, 40 million people in seven states depend on water from the Colorado River Basin. Lake Mead is the giant hydrological savings bank that supplies water to the three lower basin states: Arizona, Nevada and California.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s announcement about Lake Mead this we

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