Lake Mead


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1,081.36 FEET
Full Pool: 1,229.0
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Rural counties fear speculation as company files to control as much water as Nevada gets from the Colorado River every year

Elko Daily Free Press

Date: 5/22/2018 4:18:00 AM

U.S. Water and Land, LLC is in the opportunity business. It knows that where there is scarcity and volatility, there is opportunity. And it knows that where there is water, there is often both. It also knows that few places deal with scarcity and

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IID Board To Hear About Lake Mead Woes


Date: 5/19/2018 12:21:00 PM

The Imperial Irrigation District Board will hear from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda W. Burman Tuesday. Commissioner Burman will address the Board and the public about the challenging hydrology at Lake Mead and the Bureau's efforts to

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Letter: Colorado River fiasco should be a lesson to those backing California’s WaterFix

The Mercury News

Date: 5/19/2018 8:23:00 AM

Let me get this straight, the WaterFix solution is to address the crumbling Delta levee infrastructure and deliver water to points south for a cost of $650 million to Santa Clara Valley Water District ratepayers. Two questions need to be asked: 1) Why isn

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GUEST COLUMN: Finding solutions to the Colorado River's diminishing flows

The Gazette

Date: 5/19/2018 3:13:00 AM

The Colorado River may not be the largest river in the U.S., but it is a crucial resource supplying water to about 40 million people and irrigating close to 4 million acres of farm and ranch land each year. Because of its importance, in 1922, seven states

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New Chick-fil-A near Rainbow, Lake Mead expected to hire 80 employees

KTNV Las Vegas

Date: 5/18/2018 5:47:00 PM

Question, can there ever be too many Chick-fil-A restaurants? Just kidding, that's a rhetorical question. The answer is clearly no. That's why everyone should be excited to find out that a new Chick-fil-A is opening on the west side of Las Vegas

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• River: Colorado River
• Length: 550 Miles
• Surface Area: 164,000 Acres
• Volume: 28,537,000 Acre Feet
• Drainage Area: 171,700 Square Miles
• Average Depth: 225 Feet
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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