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Imagining a Future Without Lake Mead

This article looks at what could happen if Nevada's reservoir Lake Mead actually does dry up by 2021 as some scientists have predicted.

"Nevada's Lake Mead, the largest man-made lake and reservoir in the U.S., could go dry by 2021, according to a pair of scientists at the Scripp's Institute of Oceanography in San Diego, California. If human-induced climate change and water usage continues at the present rate, or even slower, there is a 50% chance the lake will go dry in coming years - and sooner, rather than later. The Colorado River's water is being consumed far beyond a sustainable level."

"Regional climate models show California and areas of the Southwest could soon face a devastating water crisis. Reduced winter run-off - due to global warming, changing weather patterns and over-consumption - are draining the area of vital water. If the region enters a serious drought, matters will worsen quickly."

"The loss of a resource like Lake Mead would have a tremendous negative impact on the agriculture industry, electrical power production, and local and regional water supplies. With 1.3 million people depending on electricity from the Lake and 8 million people drinking its water, serious conservation programs and restrictions must be put in place."

Full Story: Is Lake Mead Disappearing

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