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Record Drought Shrivels Lake Mead With No Easy Answers On Tap

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Receding Lake Mead left the Echo Bay Marina high and dry and abandoned.

Prolonged drought continues to take its toll on Lake Mead, the reservoir for the Southwest.

The manmade lake behind Hoover Dam quenches the thirst of about 25 million people, including the 2.25 million who live in the Las Vegas metropolitan area.

Federal officials are expected to declare an official Lake Mead shortage. That would mean a smaller water allotment from the lake for Nevada, but that amount would still be above what the state currently draws.

The lake’s level has fallen 140 feet during the West’s two-decades-long drought, which is thought to be the region’s worst droughts in 1,200 years.

 

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