Not just Lake Mead, Lake Powell is also headed for catastrophic drought collapse

Sunday, June 28, 2015
By Paul Martin

by: L.J. Devon
Saturday, June 27, 2015

The most precious resource on the planet is dissipating from the Southwestern United States. The two largest water reservoirs in the country are below 45 percent their normal capacity. Lake Mead, which supplies water to seven of every ten people living in Nevada, is drying up at an unprecedented pace, and further upriver, the crisis proves to be deepening. Lake Powell has now fallen below 45 percent capacity. If water conservation measures are not met and weather conditions do not change, then millions of people in the Southwest could be affected by water shortages in the next 15 years.

The Colorado River, which carved the gorgeous Glen Canyon, supplies water to 40 million people living in seven different states in the southwest. Half a century ago, the Glen Canyon Dam was built and Lake Powell was formed, preparing the way for desert cities to grow and large agricultural activity to flourish. It took nearly a decade for melting snow from the Rocky Mountains to fill the lake. Measuring 190 miles across, Lake Powell now attracts millions of tourists every year. Lying on the border of Arizona and Utah, this man-made wonder is the US’s second largest reservoir.

Today, Lake Powell’s vastness is diminishing with water levels falling under 45 percent capacity. The conditions at Lake Powell are beginning to look similar to Lake Mead, the world’s largest reservoir, which sits 180 miles downriver and is also drying up at a shocking pace.

Lake Powell’s “Bathtub ring” now appears 100 feet above boaters

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