American Southwest’s megadrought the worst in 1200 years

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One wet year will not fix the drought faced by Western states.  The HillOpens in a new tab. reports that the Southwest United States is facing the driest mega-drought in 1200 years.

A mega-drought is a prolonged drought lasting two decades or longer.

According to NPR, “Lake Mead and Lake PowellOpens in a new tab., the country’s two largest reservoirs, are only filled at about one-third of their total capacity.  Federal water managers declared the first-ever water shortage along the Colorado River last year, triggering cuts to some of the river’s 40 million users.”

Recent dire news about the mega-drought comes from the National Climate Change journal’s February 14, 2022 report, Rapid intensification of the emerging southwestern North American megadrought in 2020–2021Opens in a new tab..”

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The Southwest United States is facing the driest mega-drought in 1200 years, prolonging low water levels in Lake Mead and other areas.


Since 1995, Deborah has owned and operated LegalTech LLC with a focus on water rights. Before moving to Arizona in 1986, she worked as a quality control analyst for Honeywell and in commercial real estate, both in Texas. She learned about Arizona's water rights from the late and great attorney Michael Brophy of Ryley, Carlock & Applewhite. Her side interests are writing (and reading), Wordpress programming and much more.

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