The Southwest is the driest it’s been since the late 1500s. Here’s why this megadrought could be felt harder than it ever has before. RELATED:
PHOENIX – Lake Mead has declined to its lowest level since the reservoir was filled in the 1930s following the construction of Hoover Dam, marking a new milestone for the water-starved Colorado River in a downward spiral that shows no sign of letting up.
The reservoir near Las Vegas holds water for cities, farms and tribal lands in Arizona, Nevada, California and Mexico. Years of unrelenting drought and temperatures pushed higher by climate change are shrinking theflow into the lake, contributing to the large mismatch between the demands for water and the Colorado’s diminishing supply.
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