Mead, Powell to end year at lowest storage since 1968

The total combined storage in Lake Mead and Lake Powell at the end of September (the close of the “water year”) will be the lowest since 1968, when Powell was first being filled, according to the latest U.S. Bureau of Reclamation “24-Month Study” (pdf).

The current forecast calls for Lake Mead’s elevation to be 1,077.93 feet above sea level on Dec. 31, 2015, which is less than three feet above the trigger level for a shortage in 2016. That’s a little less than last month’s number. (See here for the background on how the shortage decision is made.)

Here’s the data:

2 Comments

  1. Pingback: Mead, Powell to end year at lowest storage since 1968 — John Fleck #ColoradoRiver | Coyote Gulch

  2. Pingback: Blog round-up: Drought, San Joaquin River Restoration, trees in the San Joaquin Valley, BDCP, dams, and much more … » MAVEN'S NOTEBOOK | MAVEN'S NOTEBOOK

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>