Why Lake Mead could drop an extra 15 feet next year, and shortage could be more likely than we expect

While we’ve all been obsessing over the elevation of Lake Mead, there’s a second looming lake elevation problem that could really complicate Colorado River management and increases the risk of a 2016 Arizona shortage declaration beyond the current estimates. Depending on how things play out over the next couple of months, this second problem could …

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Matt Jenkins on Pat Mulroy

Matt Jenkins, the best journalist we’ve got covering water in the western United States, has an insightful cover story in the latest High Country News on Pat Mulroy, the recently retired head of the Southern Nevada Water Authority. (Not on line yet – subscribe!) Mulroy is known for being brash and pugnacious, but Matt gets …

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Park Service to spend $5 million chasing water at Lake Mead

With Lake Mead projected to drop 15 feet between now and mid summer, to historic lows, the National Park Service is planning to spend another $5 million extending boat ramps, Steven Slivka at the Boulder City Review reported today: Vanover said drought conditions are expected to continue, and the Park Service is ready to deal …

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Springs Preserve, Las Vegas, Nev.

LAS VEGAS – I like the fact that Las Vegas, Nev., is┬ápreserving the relics of its water origin story. From “spring hill” at the Springs Preserve municipal park, you can see the towers of Las Vegas’s gambling strip. Visitation at the park this afternoon when I snuck away for a bird-watching walk after a morning …

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Las Vegas, Nev.: “Splendid Climate and Pure Water”

Getting mentally packed for a reporting trip later this month to southern Nevada, I ran across this delightful bit of business, from (I think) 1904: William R. Clark, a U.S. Senator from Montana, had bought an old ranch in the valley in 1902, land that became the staging area for the Union Pacific’s construction of …

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Las Vegas water rights not what they used to be

Las Vegas golf course developer selling water rights at $20,000/af (http://t.co/3wP6VliFTm) Lower price than 2012 (http://t.co/S8d4dg8rf6) — Brett Walton (@waltonwater) June 24, 2014 In 2012 The Walters Group, a golf course outfit, offered millions of dollars of water rights at $25,500 per acre foot. Two years later, the going price seems to have dropped: The …

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