Western drought: Lake Mead levels lowest ever

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https://www.reuters.com/world/us/hoover-dam-reservoir-hits-record-low-sign-extreme-western-us-drought-2021-06-10/

Lake Mead, the reservoir formed by the Hoover Dam, is at an all-time low.

Severe drought has already caused some irrigation dams to be shut off for the season in the northwest. A lot of farms have been devastated. It's possible some of the water supply to the southwest may now be shut off as well. Not a good situation for farmers or the food supply.
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What's the over/under on how many times "climate change" was mentioned in that article?
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Little Rock Ag said:

What's the over/under on how many times "climate change" was mentioned in that article?
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Is it climate change or there are too many people living in a desert?
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Little Rock Ag said:

What's the over/under on how many times "climate change" was mentioned in that article?
Once, as far as I read.

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Pretty sure It has been lower...
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As a Houston resident, can we send them some of our rain?
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JayHowdy! said:

Is it climate change or there are too many people living in a desert?
What??? You dare question the high, holy religion of the climate zealots?
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When was the last reservoir built west of the continental divide and what has the population done in that same geography and time period?

The American West is a dry place, inhabitable only by industrial people doing industrial things. Shame about the whole earthquake thing or else I'd build a giant nuclear generation facility on the coast that ran a massive desalination plant when its power wasn't needed for electric generation. If you like having water and will pay a premium not to burn hydrocarbons, this is a win/win.

As it sits now, you might be able to do it on the Texas coast and pipe fresh water to Southern California for better margins than crude.

Hold on, I need to call my banker...
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Captain Positivity said:

https://www.reuters.com/world/us/hoover-dam-reservoir-hits-record-low-sign-extreme-western-us-drought-2021-06-10/

Lake Mead, the reservoir formed by the Hoover Dam, is at an all-time low.

Severe drought has already caused some irrigation dams to be shut off for the season in the northwest. A lot of farms have been devastated. It's possible some of the water supply to the southwest may now be shut off as well. Not a good situation for farmers or the food supply.
Which seems weird since Colorado and Wyoming had huge snow years this year.
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Too bad we can't give them some of the rain here in Texas. I'm getting tired of it.
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In the immortal words of Sam Kinison:



YOU LIVE IN A DESERT!! UNDERSTAND THAT? YOU LIVE IN A F...ING DESERT!! NOTHING GROWS HERE! NOTHING'S GONNA GROW HERE! Come here, you see this? This is sand. You know what it's gonna be 100 years from now? IT'S GONNA BE SAND!! YOU LIVE IN A F...ING DESERT!

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As it sits now, you might be able to do it on the Texas coast and pipe fresh water to Southern California for better margins than crude.
The problem with desal is what do you do with the salt afterwards? In the quantifies you are talking about it's highly toxic. Saudi Arabia just dumps it back into the Gulf and it's causing huge dead zones in the water.
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Sully Dog said:

Captain Positivity said:

https://www.reuters.com/world/us/hoover-dam-reservoir-hits-record-low-sign-extreme-western-us-drought-2021-06-10/

Lake Mead, the reservoir formed by the Hoover Dam, is at an all-time low.

Severe drought has already caused some irrigation dams to be shut off for the season in the northwest. A lot of farms have been devastated. It's possible some of the water supply to the southwest may now be shut off as well. Not a good situation for farmers or the food supply.
Which seems weird since Colorado and Wyoming had huge snow years this year.


Yeah, sure would play well for the party in power to engineer droughts right about now. Devastate farms, more crippling inflation, blame on climate change and force new "climate" laws to make it all better.

Would be interested to see where all that runoff is going.
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I'd always wondered why Arizona or Cali didn't build a desal plant like Australia has in Adelaide, until five years ago when I learned they require a massive amount of electricity, which you have accounted for.

Do you know how many megas or kilos of electricity those things typically require, because I agree with your sentiment 100%?

Between Las Vegas and Southern California, the Colorado River can't keep up water supply.
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This is backed by data.
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Sully Dog said:

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As it sits now, you might be able to do it on the Texas coast and pipe fresh water to Southern California for better margins than crude.
The problem with desal is what do you do with the salt afterwards? In the quantifies you are talking about it's highly toxic. Saudi Arabia just dumps it back into the Gulf and it's causing huge dead zones in the water.


Sea salt French fries. Boom, problem solved.
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While the area always needs rain, the water level in Lake Meade has been dropping for decades. The alarmist want to blame climate change, but bottom line is the lake is going down because they are using more water than will ever be recharged short of a multi-decade monsoon. Las Vegas has grown substantially since Lake Meade was filled back in the 1930's and 40's. It's a green oasis in the desert filled over 650,000 people full of four and five thousand room hotels, swimming pools, fountains, and casinos. The water consumption from that alone is far more than was ever envisioned when the dam was built, not to mention the growth in Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, Tucson, which also use water from Lake Meade.

It is as much or likely more of an overconsumption problem than a supply problem. Just another opportunity for the environmental zealots to blame this on a climate crisis and rile up the useful idiots on the left.
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SW-14 said:

Too bad we can't give them some of the rain here in Texas. I'm getting tired of it.
We should build a pipeline from Freeport to West Texas for all the excess run off. Make it the most irrigated farmland in the country.
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As an aside sweet name for a lake, even if it was named for a bureaucrat instead of the alcoholic beverage.
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Sully Dog said:

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As it sits now, you might be able to do it on the Texas coast and pipe fresh water to Southern California for better margins than crude.
The problem with desal is what do you do with the salt afterwards? In the quantifies you are talking about it's highly toxic. Saudi Arabia just dumps it back into the Gulf and it's causing huge dead zones in the water.


Finally a use for the entire southeastern quadrant of New Mexico, it's already a huge dead zone!
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Sweet. I see what you did there.
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Ernest Tucker said:

Sully Dog said:

Captain Positivity said:

https://www.reuters.com/world/us/hoover-dam-reservoir-hits-record-low-sign-extreme-western-us-drought-2021-06-10/

Lake Mead, the reservoir formed by the Hoover Dam, is at an all-time low.

Severe drought has already caused some irrigation dams to be shut off for the season in the northwest. A lot of farms have been devastated. It's possible some of the water supply to the southwest may now be shut off as well. Not a good situation for farmers or the food supply.
Which seems weird since Colorado and Wyoming had huge snow years this year.


Yeah, sure would play well for the party in power to engineer droughts right about now. Devastate farms, more crippling inflation, blame on climate change and force new "climate" laws to make it all better.

Would be interested to see where all that runoff is going.


Here's a map of the runoff (edited because I was wrong about where the dam is in relation to the runoff). The yellow is the Colorado basin.




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**** the New Mexico libs
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Captain Positivity said:

Ernest Tucker said:

Sully Dog said:

Captain Positivity said:

https://www.reuters.com/world/us/hoover-dam-reservoir-hits-record-low-sign-extreme-western-us-drought-2021-06-10/

Lake Mead, the reservoir formed by the Hoover Dam, is at an all-time low.

Severe drought has already caused some irrigation dams to be shut off for the season in the northwest. A lot of farms have been devastated. It's possible some of the water supply to the southwest may now be shut off as well. Not a good situation for farmers or the food supply.
Which seems weird since Colorado and Wyoming had huge snow years this year.


Yeah, sure would play well for the party in power to engineer droughts right about now. Devastate farms, more crippling inflation, blame on climate change and force new "climate" laws to make it all better.

Would be interested to see where all that runoff is going.


The Hoover Dam is west of where that water would be running off.





Sorry, but you are incorrect and now in my area of expertise.

The two major water sources for Lake Meade are the Colorado River Basin and the Green River Basin. Due to phenomenon orographic lifting most of the snow that falls in both of the states occurs WEST of the continental divide and flows to the Pacific.


ETA: An easy reference for this is almost all of the major ski resorts in Colorado are located either essentially on or to the West of the Continental Divide. Because that's where the snow is.
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What's up with the El Paso area run-off in that chart??
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lead said:

What's up with the El Paso area run-off in that chart??
Closed basins, I think. Just east of there are (mostly) dry salt lakes/flats.
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Correct
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Faustus said:

As an aside sweet name for a lake, even if it was named for a bureaucrat instead of the alcoholic beverage.
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JayHowdy! said:

Is it climate change or there are too many people living in a desert?


Too many people in the desert irrigating lawns
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Will Hunt said:

Pretty sure It has been lower...


Yeah. Like nonexistently low.
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JayHowdy! said:

Is it climate change or there are too many people living in a desert?
The average American uses 82 gallons of water a day La Vegas adds 100,000 people a year.
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You're right, I totally misread that map. Thanks for the clarification. It wasn't about east/west snowfall, I was thinking the dam was further north on a different part of the river that would miss a big chunk of the runoff.
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Sully Dog said:

Captain Positivity said:

Ernest Tucker said:

Sully Dog said:

Captain Positivity said:

https://www.reuters.com/world/us/hoover-dam-reservoir-hits-record-low-sign-extreme-western-us-drought-2021-06-10/

Lake Mead, the reservoir formed by the Hoover Dam, is at an all-time low.

Severe drought has already caused some irrigation dams to be shut off for the season in the northwest. A lot of farms have been devastated. It's possible some of the water supply to the southwest may now be shut off as well. Not a good situation for farmers or the food supply.
Which seems weird since Colorado and Wyoming had huge snow years this year.


Yeah, sure would play well for the party in power to engineer droughts right about now. Devastate farms, more crippling inflation, blame on climate change and force new "climate" laws to make it all better.

Would be interested to see where all that runoff is going.


The Hoover Dam is west of where that water would be running off.





Sorry, but you are incorrect and now in my area of expertise.

The two major water sources for Lake Meade are the Colorado River Basin and the Green River Basin. Due to phenomenon orographic lifting most of the snow that falls in both of the states occurs WEST of the continental divide and flows to the Pacific.


ETA: An easy reference for this is almost all of the major ski resorts in Colorado are located either essentially on or to the West of the Continental Divide. Because that's where the snow is.

Yes but not this year.

Denver normal snowfall per year is 56 inches they had 80+ inches this year.

It was a record year for NE Colorado.

The part west of the continental divide meaning most ski resorts had nothing more than an average year really. And many were well below average. And some of it was late with unusually low temps still into May meaning not enough of it has melted yet.

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We go to Steamboat each year and it was well below average. Just pointing it out.
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