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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
Forever Houseboats Offers Families a
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.