The projected lake level of about 1,080 feet above sea level will be below the level of about 1,082 feet recorded in November 2010 and the 1,083-foot mark measured in April 1956 during another sustained drought.
But US Bureau of Reclamation regional chief Terry Fulp said water obligations will be met at least through next year without a key shortage declaration. The result will be full deliveries to cities, states, farms and Indian tribes in an area that's home to some 40 million people and the cities of Las Vegas, Phoenix and Los Angeles.
"We continue to closely monitor the projections of declining lake levels and are working with stakeholders throughout the Lower Basin to keep as much water in Lake Mead as we can through various storage and conservation efforts," Fulp said in a statement.
The lake on Tuesday was just under 1,082 feet above sea level, and the reservoir was about 39% full, said Rose Davis, a bureau spokeswoman in Boulder City, Nevada.
... "We projected this was coming," Davis said. "We are basically where we expected to be, given the dry winters in 2012 and 2013."...
An aerial view of Black Canyon, Hoover Dam and Lake Mead, shot by Doc Searls, Wikimedia Commons via Flickr, under the Creative Commons 2.0 license