Lake Mead news: Reclamation set to release 11.56 million acre-feet from Lake Powell

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From the Las Vegas Review-Journal (Henry Brean):

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has announced plans to release extra water from Lake Powell between now and September under federal guidelines that direct the “equalization” of the nation’s two largest man-made reservoirs. Lake Powell is required to send a minimum of 8.23 million acre-feet of water downstream to Mead each year. On Friday, bureau officials set this year’s release at 11.56 million acre-feet, more than enough to stave off an unprecedented shortage declaration that would require Nevada and Arizona to cut their river use.

Pat Mulroy, general manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority, said it’s nice to have some good news for a change. “I’m delighted, absolutely delighted. We’re not going to lose any ground this year,” she said…

The extra 3.3 million acre-feet Lake Mead soon will receive is roughly 14 times the amount of Colorado River water used valleywide [Las Vegas and environs] last year.

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