‘Not out of the woods’: Lake Mead water levels projected to drop by 2025 (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

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    ‘Not out of the woods’: Lake Mead water levels projected to drop by 2025 – By Alan Halaly (Las Vegas Review-Journal) / Jan 19, 2024

    Lake Mead, the source of almost 90 percent of Southern Nevada’s water, is expected to near 2022’s historic low by the end of 2025, this month’s Bureau of Reclamation projection shows.

    Based on the most likely scenario for Colorado River inflow, federal scientists predict the reservoir will dip to 1,044 feet in December 2025 — just 4 feet higher than the lowest level seen since it was first filled, which was about 1,040 feet in July 2022.

    Forecasts that go out further in the future allow for a larger margin of error, and climate conditions largely dictate Colorado River flows. In addition to an estimate on the most probable inflow scenario, the agency releases estimates for a maximum and minimum inflow into the reservoir.

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