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Colorado River District considers tax increase


Date: 1/28/2020 3:23:00 PM

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO)-- The Colorado River District is considering a tax increase that would affect homeowners in Mesa County and in some other Western Slope counties. They say more money is

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Body Found Near Colorado River: Police


Date: 1/28/2020 9:01:00 AM

The discovery was made along the 2100 block of Lou Neff Road after police received a call just after 8:15 a.m., police said. AUSTIN, TX — A dead body was found near the downtown area, police said on

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Want to enjoy Las Vegas even more? Get out of town--on a day trip

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Date: 1/28/2020 3:02:50 AM

For decades, St. Thomas was underwater. It was flooded in 1938 after the building of Hoover Dam and the subsequent creation of sprawling Lake Mead. The village was thought to have been lost, but that

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Sea plane goes under in Colorado River near Lake Havasu

Mohave Valley Daily News

Date: 1/27/2020 10:11:00 PM

LAKE HAVASU CITY — Two men were rescued from a sea plane on the Colorado River near Lake Havasu City on Friday. Mohave County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Anita Mortensen said the agency received a

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Colorado River's Humpback Chub Fish No Longer Endangered, Feds Say

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Date: 1/27/2020 8:16:59 AM

Recovery efforts for the humpback chub have been so successful that the Colorado River fish can be downgraded from endangered to threatened

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• River: Colorado River
• Length: 759 Miles
• Surface Area: 164,000 Acres
• Volume: 26,134,000 Acre Feet
• Drainage Area: 171,700 Square Miles
• Average Depth: 225 Feet
• Maximum Depth: 532 feet
• Length: 120 Miles
Lake Mead is the largest reservoir in the United States in maximum water capacity. It is located on the Colorado River about 24 mi from the Strip southeast of Las Vegas, Nevada, in the states of Nevada and Arizona. Formed by the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead is 112 miles long when the lake is full, has 759 miles of shoreline, is 532 feet at greatest depth, with a surface elevation of 1,221.4 feet above sea level, and has 247 square miles of surface, and when filled to capacity, 28 million acre-feet of water. However, the lake has not reached this capacity since 1983 due to increasing droughts.
There are nine main access points to the lake. On the west are three roads from the Las Vegas metropolitan area. Access from the northwest from Interstate 15 is through Valley of Fire State Park and the Moapa River Indian Reservation to the Overton arm of the lake.
The lake is divided into several bodies. The large body closest to the Hoover Dam is Boulder Basin. The narrow channel, which was once known as Boulder Canyon and is now known as The Narrows, connects Boulder Basin to Virgin Basin to the east. The Virgin River and Muddy River empty into the Overton Arm, which is connected to the northern part of the Virgin Basin. The next basin to the east is Temple Basin, and following that is Gregg Basin, which is connected to the Temple Basin by the Virgin Canyon. When the lake levels are high enough, a section of the lake farther upstream from the Gregg Basin is flooded, which includes Grand Wash Bay and the Pearce Ferry Bay and launch ramp. In addition, there are two tiny basins, the Muddy River Inlet and the Virgin River Basin, that are flooded when the lake is high enough where these two rivers flow into the lake. As of now, however, these basins remain dry.
Lake Mead offers many types of recreation to locals and visitors. Boating is the most popular. Additional activities include fishing, water skiing, swimming and sunbathing. There are five marinas on the lake: Forever Resorts at Callville Bay, Echo Bay, and Temple Bar Marina; and Las Vegas Boat Harbor along with Lake Mead Marina in Hemenway Harbor which are family owned and operated. The area also has many coves with rocky cliffs and sandy beaches. There are several small to medium-sized islands in the lake area depending on the water level.
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