Supplied by the Colorado River and considered full at 1,220 feet above sea level, Lake Mead hit 1,074 feet on Friday. It has not reached full capacity since 1983 and water levels have dropped consistently due to the 16-year long drought in the Colorado River basin.
“This problem is not going away and it is likely to get worse, perhaps far worse, as climate change unfolds,” said Brad Udall, a senior water and climate research scientist at Colorado State University.
— Ann Warburton (@AwWarburton) May 21, 2016
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