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Lake Mead’s water level rises 30 feet after wet winter

The lake’s surface level has risen nearly 30 feet to 1,110 feet after hitting a low in November.
Projections have the lake rising another 40 feet over the next year, helping stave off a potential water shortage.



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Lake Powell fortified by near-record snowpack

Lake Mead, the river's other major reservoir, will also recover some of its losses as federal officials shift water that has accumulated in Lake Powell downstream into Mead. By the end of the year, Lake Mead is projected to rise 51 feet above the record low level it reached last November.


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Record snowpack - Lake Mead to raise another 40 feet!

After record snowfall buried parts of the Rockies last winter and well into spring, many western states are feeling the effects of a rapidly melting snowpack.


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Nevada set to crack down on drunk boaters

"Operation Dry Water," a joint effort between the agency, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and the U.S. Coast Guard, will see a larger law enforcement presence on the lake.


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The Colorado's Endless Winter

It's the third week of June. Summer has finally arrived in California. Meanwhile in Colorado, yet another storm this week dropped up to five more inches of snow on parts of the Rockies. This is on top of the largest snowpack ever recorded.


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Park Service hosting prospective bidders for contract to operate Lake Mead cruises

The Park Service expects the new concessionaire will provide sightseeing tours and services in the Boulder Basin and Hoover Dam area of the Colorado River reservoir east of Las Vegas.


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Boat inspections, fees required statewide in Nevada under new bill

Statewide boat inspections to detect aquatic invaders are required and should be under way next year under a plan signed into law Wednesday by Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval.


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Southwest's Record Snow Brings Drought Relief . . . And Makes Skiers Happy, Too

To put it into perspective, on its journey from the Colorado Rockies to the Gulf of California, the Colorado River provides drinking water for some 36 million people in seven American states and another 6 million people in Mexico.


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Thick snowpack holds water — and potential peril

From the Sierra Nevada and the Cascades to the northern Rockies, much of the West's high country remains buried under a thick snowpack that is filling reservoirs and engaging dam operators in a nerve-racking balancing act as they watch for jumps in temperature that could turn all those scenic piles of white into raging floodwaters.


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Wear Your Life Jacket — or Else?

Boaters across the nation are buzzing about rumors of a new plan to require every boater in every situation to wear a life jacket.


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Famous Lake Mead Lodge May Face Ax

National Park Service officials have found themselves in a pickle when it comes to deciding the fate of the historic but vacant Lake Mead Lodge on the western shores of Lake Mead, one of America's most-visited recreation areas.


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Lake Mead could raise another THIRTY FEET in 2011

The surface of Lake Mead is now expected to rise about 30 feet over the next nine months, 10 feet more than estimates made one month ago.


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Lake Mead to receive extra water from feds

"The federal government will release enough extra water into drought-stricken Lake Mead in the coming months to avoid shortages on the lower Colorado River for as long as five years.


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Lake Mead to Feel Effects of Government Shutdown

"Our campgrounds would be closed, our park would be closed, anyone who's staying in an RV park or one of our trailer villages or staying at one of our hotels would have 48 hours to leave the park," said Andrew Munoz with the National Park Service.


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Colorado River water crisis averted thanks to good snowpack

This year's winter weather has apparently helped avert a water supply crisis on the Colorado River.
A decent snowpack in the drainages of eastern Utah, Colorado and Wyoming helped make that happen.



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New Colorado River projection good news for CAP water supply

According to the Bureau of Reclamation, current conditions on the Colorado River indicate a 97 percent probability that more than 2.5 million acre-feet (more than 850 billion gallons) of additional river water will flow from Lake Powell into Lake Mead in 2011. The higher than normal release from Powell would raise water levels in Lake Mead about 25 feet, and delay a potential shortage for several years.


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Free Boating Over Memorial Day for Safe Boating Card Holders at Lake Mead

Taking a safe boating course does pay, especially for those who bring their boater education card or certificate to Lake Mead National Recreation Area during Memorial Day weekend.


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72 foot long yacht heading for Lake Mead

The bottom half of a 72 foot long yacht came through Montpelier on Monday on its month-long journey from Michigan to Lake Mead. The 22 foot wide, 40 ton vessel is made of a new carbon fiber material that is said to be stronger than steel.


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Lake Mead levels on the rise

Higher snowpack near the headwaters ensures a better water supply for all the states that use water from the Colorado River - Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Colorado, and Wyoming.


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Is Lake Powell slowly dying?

Among the things that we could ask ourselves if we wanted to be really innovative is whether it makes more sense to store the majority of water in Mead and have Powell be secondary


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State will stop stocking trout at Lake Mead and Lake Mohave

The Nevada Department of Wildlife this month will release the last load of rainbow trout at Lake Mead and Lake Mohave.


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Forever Houseboats Offers Families a Unique Vacation

Forever Resorts invites families across the country to experience an entirely different vacation anytime of the year. Houseboating, an old vacation idea, popular with many families in the 60’s, has now been revised into a great getaway to reconnect with family and enjoy a relaxing, stress free vacation.


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Lake Mead Seeks Clean-up Volunteers

The National Park Service is offering free boat rides to remote areas of Lake Mead in exchange for a few hours of volunteer work helping rangers with an environmental cleanup.


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Rocky Mountain snowfall likely to boost Lake Mead water level

It is nearly a certainty that extra water will flow into drought-plagued Lake Mead this year, according to the latest projections from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.


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Colorado River runoff picture stays good

In a forecast released Monday, the federal government predicted that April-June runoff would be 116 percent of normal. That's up from 113 percent in the February 2011 forecast. Snowpack is currently 118 percent of normal, down slightly from 120 percent in early February.


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Snow a Thirst Quencher for Lake Mead

Lake Mead may see water levels rise more than 24 feet, and that will certainly quench the thirst caused by previous droughts.


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Bighorns get their own bridge near Hoover Dam

Along with the new Hoover Dam bypass bridge are three smaller concrete spans in northwest Arizona. The only traffic they carry is the four-legged kind.


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Lake Powell water levels dropping; Lake Mead rising

In recent weeks, the level of Lake Powell has been dropping sharply. The agency that controls the reservoir is releasing 11 billion gallons of water each day to help bring up the level of Nevada's Lake Mead.


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The drying of the West

The law’s seniority rules theoretically mean that, for example, the taps to Las Vegas would be shut completely before a single lettuce-grower in California’s Imperial County lost a drop.


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Design change to delay intake from Lake Mead

A contractor plans to abandon a troubled tunnel and reroute the conduit slated to serve as third underground conduit to draw drinking water from Lake Mead for the Las Vegas area.


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Water level at Lake Mead could rise thanks to wet winter

The thirsty lake, which supplies much of the water for the Las Vegas Valley, could see its surface level rise more than two dozen feet, according to government officials.


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Lake Mead, Red Rock Canyon to waive entrance fees this weekend

Lake Mead National Recreation Area and Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area will offer free admission for visitors Saturday through Monday in recognition of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.


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Arizona drought prompts unusual water proposal

Arizona may leave part of its annual share of Colorado River water in Lake Mead next year, taking a calculated gamble that giving up some water now will help it avoid deeper losses later.


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Rain will lift Lake Mead water levels, but only slightly

No doubt rain is better than no rain, but Las Vegas would need a torrent of Biblical proportions to bring Lake Mead back to where it was before the drought, now in its 11th year.


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Visitor fees to increase at Lake Mead National Recreation Area for 2011

Fees at Lake Mead National Recreation Area are set to increase on Jan. 15, giving outdoor enthusiasts less than a month to take advantage of discounted prices.


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U.S.-Mexico Pact on Colorado River Water Storage Praised by EDF

A bi-national pact announced today to allow Mexico to store a portion of its annual allocation from the Colorado River—up to 260,000 acre-feet over three years—in the largest U.S. reservoir—Lake Mead—sets the stage for progress on environmental issues in ongoing talks between the two countries, according to Environmental Defense Fund.


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Picnic areas at Lake Mead to get new equipment

In the next six months, picnic areas at Lake Mead National Recreation Area will receive new tables and shelters along with other upgrades, the National Park Service announced on Friday.


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New Fish Species Settles in Lake Mead, Nevada

Anglers hoping to net a few threadfin shad to use as bait when fishing for Lake Mead's striped bass have been finding more than they bargained for. In addition to catching threadfin shad, anglers also have been catching something different, something new. According to the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW), what anglers are finding in their nets is the gizzard shad, a species of fish that is new to the Lower Colorado River System.


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Annual holiday boat parade brings shimmer to Lake Mead

Holiday lights danced across Lake Mead on Saturday at the annual Christmas Parade of Lights.


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Imperial Valley Water Shortage: Tough Choices Ahead

The wet season arrived early this year for much of California, even as Lake Mead has dropped to record low levels. And that raises big questions for some Californians, especially farmers in the Imperial Valley who use the lion's share of water from the Colorado River. After an unrelenting 11 years of drought on the river, many in that naturally arid corner of the state are forced to confront their future.


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Annual holiday boat parade returns to Lake Mead

Lake Mead will light up this Saturday during the annual Christmas Parade of Lights, sponsored by the Lake Mead Boat Owners Association.


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More muck, dirt stall Lake Mead pipeline again

Excavation has stopped again on a $700 million pipeline project to tap Lake Mead water for Las Vegas as crews tried to figure out how to dig through a fault line filled with water and fractured earth.


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New Yuma reservoir is a water saver

That water can now be shunted into the reservoir and held until the farmers ask for it again. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation estimates the project could save as much as 70,000 acre-feet of water a year, water that can remain in Lake Mead as a hedge against drought.


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Rockslide at Lake Mead destroys couple’s RV, leaves them homeless

On Nov. 14, Tonya Schissel and her fiancé, Trent Brown, were camping in their RV at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. The couple had recently come to the valley after Brown had left the Marines in October, ready to start a new life as civilians


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Running Dry? California Water Supply at Risk

Lake Mead is the largest reservoir in the country. It's located on the Colorado River, which provides water for about 27 million people in seven states, including millions of Californians.


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Hoover Dam: Marvel turned folly

Seventy-five years ago, President Franklin Roosevelt declared Hoover Dam — then called Boulder Dam — “a marvel of the 20th century.” But I predict that when the dam turns 100 in 2035, no one will be celebrating what now appears to be a 20th century folly.


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Park Service seeks comment on possible changes to Lake Mead lodge

While it considers possibly demolishing or revamping the old lodge at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, the National Park Service is seeking comments from the public about the project.


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New bypass makes for a great dam view

On Sept. 30, 1935, 10,000 spectators came to Black Canyon to see President Franklin Roosevelt speak at the dedication ceremony for the project that was then known as Boulder Dam. Now known as Hoover Dam, this impressive structure has become a symbol of American ingenuity and of the changing American Southwest.


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Lake Mead Hits Record Low Level

Sometime between 11 and noon on Sunday, the water level in Lake Mead, the massive reservoir whose water fills the taps of millions of people across the Southwest, fell lower than it ever has since it was filled 75 years ago.


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Camping 101

Rangers at Lake Mead National Recreation Area Teach Area High Schoolers the Basics


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Environmental group: Lake Mead being shortchanged

A slight budget cut proposed for Lake Mead National Recreation Area threatens its operations because of the popularity of the park, a Nevada environmental group said.
The proposed cut for 2011 is less than 1 percent - $169,000 from an $18.3 million National Park Service budget for the park.
The event was the 115-mile Viva Bike Vegas, the Regional Transportation Commission's annual bike event.



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Callville Bay slips are OPEN for boat owners.
(Updated Oct. 11, 2010 7:00 a.m.)


The Callville Bay Marina office has advised us that slips are now open to boat owners.
They will provide the water shuttle to get you to your boat and back. Power is on in the Marina but no water service at this time.
They do not have any time line on being able to provide fuel on the water but there is shore fuel service available.







Hoover Dam bypass bridge opened to bicyclists

About 1,500 bicyclists were the first to use the new Hoover Dam bypass bridge on Saturday.
The event was the 115-mile Viva Bike Vegas, the Regional Transportation Commission's annual bike event.



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Callville Bay Launch Ramp is OPEN!
(Updated Oct. 7, 2010 6:25p.m.)


The Launch ramp. campground and trailer village at Callville Bay is reopened.
The Callville Bay store and lounge will be back to normal hours on Saturday.
The Marina remains off limits to the public at this time and that includes rented slips.
Power has been restored to the now open areas of the marina.







Lake Mead’s Callville Bay CLOSED
(Updated Oct. 5, 2010 4:48p.m.)


The National Park Service has temporarily closed Callville Bay to park visitors due to damage caused by Monday's storms, which is estimated at about $1 million.


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Much of Callville Bay Marina destroyed by Flash Floods

On Oct. 4, 2010 a 8 to 10 foot wall of water and mud hit the Callville Bay Marina and destroyed much of the commercial part of the Marina.
Most services such as fuel, Electric and water are out but they are already working on repairing and opening the marina back up for full service.



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Miss Universe 2010: On the Water

Miss Universe 2010 contestants enjoyed a day of fun on the water at Lake Mead, Nevada.






Las Vegas’s Worried Water Czar

The water managers of the Colorado basin can be categorized several ways.
Upper Basin and Lower Basin. Technicians, lawyers. Holders of senior water rights and owners of junior rights.



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Hoover Dam still stands as testament to American ingenuity

The Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, opening in November, will become the second engineering feat to link southern Nevada with northern Arizona.


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Lake Mead visitors center moves during building renovations

The National Park Service on Monday closed the visitors center at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area as the building undergoes a renovation.
During the project, the Park Service's administrative offices in Boulder City will function as Lake Mead’s visitors center and bookstore. It will be open seven days a week.



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Company’s green efforts include clean-up at Lake Mead

More than 100 volunteers with Kimberly Clark Professional, a sustainability-minded producer of restroom products, cleaned up trash Wednesday near Boulder Beach in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area.


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Lake Mead: Splashy savings on houseboat rentals for Hoover Dam’s 75th year

Seventy-five years ago, what is now Lake Mead began to fill with water as workers put the finishing touches on Hoover Dam. To toast the anniversary of this icon of American engineering, Forever Resorts has a package for houseboat rentals that includes a free day, a free tank of gas, free rafting trips and $100 credit at the marina store and cafe.


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Lake Mead water level prompts closure of launch ramp

The Boulder Harbor launch ramp at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area has been closed indefinitely because of falling lake levels, the National Park Service announced Friday.


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Hotel, restaurant at Lake Mead’s Echo Bay close unexpectedly

Faced with declining reservation and visitor numbers, the hotel and the restaurant at Echo Bay Resort in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area have closed.


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Joe Duggan: Stopping the invaders

Research has shown the mollusks produce highly toxic waste, because it is a concentration of the bad chemicals they filter out of the water. This is a serious concern in reservoirs such as Lake Mead, because people drink the water there.


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Interbike Attendees Invited on Mead Ride

Interbike has announced the details of the Tour de Lake Mead, a 24-mile ride that takes participating Interbike attendees through Lake Mead National Park to the lake and back. The ride leaves from the Interbike OutDoor Demo location in Boulder City, Nevada on Sept. 21, at 8 a.m.


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Three airlifted from Lake Mohave after boat slams into rock

Hundreds of boaters will be on Lake Mead and Lake Mohave over the Labor Day weekend, and they got a good reminder on Friday about safety.


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B-29 Superfortress That Lies at the Bottom of Lake Mead Continues to Draw Attention

A Hollywood writer would love this plot…but it's true. The "largest, most advanced aircraft of its day," modified for a secret research mission, takes off for a flight over the desert. Painted on its nose are the words, "Cosmic Ray Research." The plane ends up at the bottom of one of the largest man-made lakes in the world, Lake Mead, where the wreck becomes a prized find for underwater archeologists.


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Of Mussels, Repo Men and the Law

As Lake Mead’s water levels drop, the alkaline-laced minerals bleaching the 100-foot “bathtub rings” there are bleaching something else: nets of interlaced quagga mussels just above the water line. The mussels, an invasive species that has cost local governments nationwide tens of millions of dollars, showed up in force there three years ago, spreading all over the bottom and up the cliffs on the Arizona and Nevada sides of the reservoir.


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Hoover Dam could stop generating electricity as soon as 2013, officials fear

After 75 years of steadily cranking out electricity for California, Arizona and Nevada, the mighty turbines of the Hoover Dam could cease turning as soon as 2013, if water levels in the lake that feeds the dam don't start to recover, say water and dam experts.


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Heightened concern over low water levels at Lake Mead

The water levels at Lake Mead continue to fall as the 11 year drought hangs-According to a new study water levels have dropped 15 feet in the past 5 months sounding an alarm that Las Vegas could dry up sooner rather than later.


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Suspicion lingers in wake of Mike Hart bass-fishing scandal

Three weeks after the scandal involving Mike Hart, the pro bass fisherman who admitted to cheating during last month's WON Bass U.S. Open at Lake Mead, a cloud of suspicion still hovers over the many anglers Hart had been paired with over the years.


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Helicopter Photos, Part 1: An aerial view of Hoover Dam and Lake Mead

It was no ordinary sightseeing helicopter flight! Sure, the route was a traditional one that Maverick Helicopters flies over Lake Mead and Hoover Dam.


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A Bridge Over Troubled Water

What is it about autumn and the dedication of major engineering projects in the American Southwest? Seventy-five years ago, on September 30, 1935, Franklin Roosevelt traveled to the Colorado River just south of Las Vegas to dedicate the Boulder Dam, better known as the Hoover Dam. On October 16, 2010, dignitaries and public spectators will gather 1,500 feet downstream to dedicate the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, better known as the Hoover Dam Bypass.


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Hoover Dam never had the ability to solve all water conflicts on the Colorado River

The most striking sight greeting visitors to the Colorado River gorge known as Black Canyon used to be the great wedge of alabaster concrete spanning the canyon wall to wall. But in recent years, Hoover Dam, that enduring symbol of mankind's ingenuity, has been upstaged by another sight signifying nature's power to resist even the most determined effort to bring it under control: a broad white band stretching along the edge of Lake Mead like a bathtub ring, marking how far the reservoir has fallen below its maximum level.


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