Major reservoirs on Colorado River below 30% capacity

Lake Powell
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The water level at Lake Powell is only at 27% capacity, and downstream, Lake Mead’s capacity is currently at 29%. This data comes from the Bureau of Reclamation’s measurementsOpens in a new tab. that were published on June 7.

Las Vegas’ KLAS news reports that this is the first time since it was filled in the 1930sOpens in a new tab. that Lake Mead’s water level has dropped to less than 30%.

Last fall, a first-ever federal water shortage was declaredOpens in a new tab., triggering cuts to Lower Basin states this year.  It is expected that there will be further cutsOpens in a new tab..

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[Wikimedia CommonsOpens in a new tab.] Lake Powell at sunrise, looking southwest from Navajo Point on the Kaiparowits Plateau. The Dangling Rope Marina is visible in the shadows at the bottom of the picture. Photo uploaded in October 2007 by G. Thomas.


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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