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California water district showing people can change


Date: 7/4/2015 12:27:00 AM

The Santa Margarita district, which includes such cities as San Clemente and Mission Viejo, imports all its drinking water from the Colorado River more than 300 miles away. It has no groundwater and no local water source of its own. Officials with the

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Afternoon Crash Leaves One Dead


Date: 7/3/2015 11:48:00 PM

An 86 -year-old is dead following a crash near Lake Mead and Rampart. The traffic accident happened around 3:30pm at the intersection of West Lake Mead Boulevard and North Hillpointe Road. A 2012 Toyota Camry was east on Lake Mead Boulevard when a 2004

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Crews searching for man reported missing near Webberville


Date: 7/3/2015 4:11:00 PM

WEBBERVILLE, Texas – Crews are searching the Colorado River for a 25-year-old man who reportedly went missing Friday afternoon. According to Travis County ESD #12, crews have been searching the river near Little Webberville Park, just off FM 969 for more

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Crews trying to locate man in river near Webberville


Date: 7/3/2015 2:50:00 PM

Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window) Share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) WEBBERVILLE, Texas (KXAN) — Crews are searching the Colorado River

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Colorado River CattleWomen giveaway

Lampasas Dispatch Record

Date: 7/3/2015 5:32:00 AM

Colorado River CattleWomen and Storm's Drive-In presented beef gift certificates for Father's Day. There were three winners in this year's drawing for Beef for Father's Day. You must be an online subscriber to view this story. The full version of this

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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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