A Halloween treat: Lake Mead’s not quite as empty as we expected — John Fleck #ColoradoRiver

Drought affected Lake Mead via the Mountain Town News
Drought affected Lake Mead via the Mountain Town News

From InkStain (John Fleck):

I was wrong when I wrote in April that Lake Mead would continue to set “lowest ever for this point in the year” records for all of 2014. As I write this, with a few hours left in October, Mead’s surface elevation is 1,082.79 feet above seal level. That is more than five whole inches above the last really dry year, 2010! (data here)

But don’t get too excited. There’s a one in ten chance that Lake Mead will drop into the low 1,060s by the summer of 2016, according to the Bureau of Reclamation (data here, in pdf). That’s still above the trouble point for Vegas, which starts to have difficulty getting its water out of the lake at 1,050. But Southern Nevada Water Authority managers worry about water quality impacts well before that point [ed. emphasis mine].

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