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Unsafe water levels close Lake Austin, Lady Bird Lake


Date: 5/31/2016 1:02:00 AM

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin Fire Department has issued a ban, effective immediately, on Lake Austin, Lady Bird Lake and the Colorado River downstream of Longhorn Dam. Fire Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr issued the ban after the Lower Colorado River Authority was

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'Inside Out' expands across Philadelphia region, bringing outdoor pop-up art to the streets of Doylestown and beyond

Bucks Local News

Date: 5/30/2016 11:13:00 PM

In Doylestown, the Bucks County Courthouse will feature Thomas Moran’s Grand Canyon of the Colorado River (1892 and 1908), and at other sites within walking distance will be Andrew Wyeth’s Groundhog Day (1959) and Daniel Garber’s serene painting

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With Lake Mead water levels down, water conservation needed

Phoenix Business Journal

Date: 5/30/2016 10:11:00 PM

SAN TAN VALLEY – The Arizona drought is affecting businesses and homeowners, who are urged to take measures to save water. The water level for Lake Mead is a key indicator of how much the drought has affected Arizona, according to officials for Central

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Another Climate Alarmist’s Predictions Don’t Match Real-world Data

Date: 5/30/2016 9:16:00 PM

Both Wallace and Udall claim to be experts in the hydrology and climatology of the western U.S. However, Wallace told me: “I’m the only hydrologist who is publishing moisture and temperature forecasts in reaches of the Upper Colorado River, years in

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LCRA opening floodgates; Lake Austin, Lady Bird Lake closed to boaters


Date: 5/30/2016 6:53:00 PM

AUSTIN - The Lower Colorado River Authority said in an email Monday that floodgate operations are beginning at Mansfield Dam. Lake Travis, which is held back by the dam, is listed at 106 percent full as of Monday afternoon. A tweet at 2:43 p.m. stated that

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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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