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Full Pool: 1,229.0
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Date: 4/20/2018 12:03:00 AM

Water distribution is balanced by sending water from Lake Powell downstream to Lake Mead to prevent Lake Mead from dropping too low and triggering a shortage declaration. While states have been working collectively to avoid a shortage during an 18-year

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Fishing is ‘shore’ good along Colorado River

Mohave Valley Daily News

Date: 4/19/2018 10:16:00 PM

BULLHEAD CITY — The shores of the Colorado River remain popular with area fishermen. “We are having a super fishing season with rainbow trout still on the bite and our striped bass coming in strong,” said Rusty Braun, proprietor of Riviera Marina in

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Arizona water agency’s manipulation of Lake Mead ignites water feud

Las Vegas Review-Journal

Date: 4/19/2018 8:17:00 PM

A top official from the Southern Nevada Water Authority is calling on states that rely on the Colorado River to resolve their differences before a growing dispute derails decades of cooperation on the river. The Upper Basin states of Colorado, New Mexico

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CAP to meet with upper Colorado River officials in response to water 'manipulation' charge

The Arizona Republic

Date: 4/19/2018 6:35:00 PM

CAP to meet with upper Colorado River officials in response to water 'manipulation' charge Upstream states want Central Arizona Project to stop "manipulating" demand and conserve more water Check out this story on https://azc

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Is a water war brewing on the Colorado River?

The Colorado Independent

Date: 4/19/2018 10:25:00 AM

Officials from Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, and New Mexico recently sent a letter to counterparts in Arizona, hoping to avert a crisis. The problem, if unresolved, could affect people in seven western states. A potential water war may be breaking out over the

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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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