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Water: Battleground of the West

Durango Herald

Date: 9/2/2014 12:48:00 AM

A cocktail of climate change, drought and population increase threatens an uncertain water future for 40 million people in seven states who rely on the Colorado River Basin for water. A 2012 study by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation found there likely will

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Spending Labor Day at Lake Mead

Las Vegas Review-Journal

Date: 9/1/2014 11:50:00 PM

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Worldwide Water in 2050: Reducing Scarcity is Possible

Green Building Elements

Date: 9/1/2014 11:29:00 PM

In California, legislators are currently proposing a $7.5 billion emergency water plan to their voters; and U.S. federal officials last year warned residents of Arizona and Nevada that they could face cuts in Colorado River water deliveries in 2016

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Colorado farming, ranching water ‘in the crosshairs’ as big reservoirs dwindle

Summit County Citizens Voice

Date: 9/1/2014 10:15:00 PM

FRISCO — A new $11 million effort to keep water flowing in the Colorado River to Lake Powell could up the pressure on Colorado farmers and ranchers to sell or lease their water. In fact, agriculture is in the crosshairs in Colorado, according to the

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Big stripers taken from Colorado River

Mohave Daily News

Date: 9/1/2014 4:23:00 PM

BULLHEAD CITY — The Loch Ness Monster is generally regarded as a hoax, part of the lore and lure of a giant creature occupying the waters of a lake in the Scottish Highlands. Monster stripers, on the other hand, are very real. These fish patrol the

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• River: Colorado River
• Surface Area: 164,000 Acres
• Shoreline: 550 Miles
• 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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