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Old 09-16-2010, 02:27 PM
 
Location: NW Las Vegas - Lone Mountain
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While it's true we are in the midst of a decade long drought, why is Lake Mead so much lower than other Colorado River watersheds? Mismanagement? Or is it a scare tactic to drain rural counties of their water?
Source? I doubt it is true.
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Old 09-17-2010, 12:58 PM
 
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Source? I doubt it is true.
Bureau of Reclamation - Upper Colorado Region Water Operations: Current Status: Lake Powell

As of September 1, 2010 the storage in Lake Powell was 15.36 million acre-feet (63.1 % of capacity) which is still below desired levels while the overall reservoir storage in the Colorado River Basin as of September 1, 2010 is 33.73 million acre-feet (56.7 % of capacity).


Bureau of Reclamation: Lower Colorado Region - Lower Colorado River Operations Schedule

Current Lake Powell storage is 15,299 thousand acre-feet (KAF) (63 percent of
capacity). Lake Mead storage is 10,236 KAF (40 percent of capacity). Total
system storage is 33,381 KAF (56 percent of capacity). Lake Powell elevation
is 3,633.94 feet.

If the watershed was being managed properly, why would there be that much of a discrepency?
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Old 09-17-2010, 05:36 PM
 
Location: NW Las Vegas - Lone Mountain
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Bureau of Reclamation - Upper Colorado Region Water Operations: Current Status: Lake Powell

As of September 1, 2010 the storage in Lake Powell was 15.36 million acre-feet (63.1 % of capacity) which is still below desired levels while the overall reservoir storage in the Colorado River Basin as of September 1, 2010 is 33.73 million acre-feet (56.7 % of capacity).


Bureau of Reclamation: Lower Colorado Region - Lower Colorado River Operations Schedule

Current Lake Powell storage is 15,299 thousand acre-feet (KAF) (63 percent of
capacity). Lake Mead storage is 10,236 KAF (40 percent of capacity). Total
system storage is 33,381 KAF (56 percent of capacity). Lake Powell elevation
is 3,633.94 feet.

If the watershed was being managed properly, why would there be that much of a discrepency?
Couple of years back it was reversed. Lake Powell was much lower than Lake Mead.

Those two are managed as a set. If the water quantity is rising Powell will be better off. If it is falling Mead will be better off.

Nothing mysterious there. I thought you had something else in mind.
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