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1,078.20 FEET
8/29/2015
Full Pool: 1,229.0
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Pennsylvania’s own canyon is a grand experience

Gettysburg Times

Date: 8/28/2015 9:46:00 PM

If you have marveled at the Grand Canyon, carved by the Colorado River in the state of Arizona, you might expect less of the “Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania,” carved by Pine Creek in Tioga County. But what you find is a spectacular experience with its

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10 Amazing hiking canyons in the USA not named the Grand Canyon (Photos)

Examiner

Date: 8/28/2015 4:55:00 PM

Cataract Canyon is in both areas because it stretches for 46 miles along the Colorado River beginning where the Green River flows into the Colorado River and ending where the Dirty Devil River flows into the Colorado. While Cataract Canyon is better known

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San Diego County Water Authority Wins Legal Battle

KPBS

Date: 8/28/2015 4:47:00 PM

The ruling by San Francisco Superior Court Judge Curtis Karnow involved a lawsuit brought by the Water Authority in a dispute over rates for transporting water from the Colorado River to San Diego via the MWD's distribution system. The MWD is the primary

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Teacher has unusual but educational summer

Mansfield News Journal

Date: 8/28/2015 3:46:00 PM

MANSFIELD – In a typical summer, Paul Hawkins doesn’t have a close encounter with a bear, rescue a pregnant hiker from the onset of heat exhaustion or lead raft tours on the Colorado River. But the past three months have been anything but typical for

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Alternate ideas emerge for SNWA ‘water grab’ at Drought Forum

Ely Daily Times

Date: 8/28/2015 2:14:00 PM

Rick’s idea was to install Photovoltaic (PV) solar arrays on Lake Mead. The solar array platforms would reduce evaporation on the Lake, thus increasing available water from the Colorado River. His calculations showed that not only could the SNWA conserve

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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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