Lake Mead's Water Level Plunges as 11-Year Drought Lingers - NYTimes.comLake Mead, the enormous reservoir of Colorado River water that hydrates Arizona, Nevada, California and northern Mexico, is receding to a level not seen since it was first being filled in the 1930s, stoking existential fears about water supply in the parched Southwest.
You do realize that Las Vegas is fated to become a ghost town, right? They can go ahead and spend billions of our money to build a bullet train line from Anaheim to Vegas because Harry Reid says so, but that whole part of the country is going to run out of water. It's just simple math. The ground water has been pumped down to levels that will take hundreds if not thousands of years to recharge. And there is the Colorado River, and you can read about that--Lake Mead hasn't been this low in 50 years. Why? Every year they take out of Lake Mead 1.6 million acre feet more water than flows into it. Vegas, Henderson, Phoenix, Mesa, and those other growing desert cities are artificial creations that depend on massive infusions of water from elsewhere, and there is no way the flow can be sustained. Try and tell that to a real estate developer or a local booster mayor, though. They won't hear it. And of course the hordes of retirees who flock there to lie around the pool and play golf on those massively watered courses have no idea what is going on.