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    Lake Mead is shrinking -- and with it Las Vegas' water supply

    There has been a 14 year drought in this part of the US and if it goes on much longer Las Vegas will be a ghost town. If you own real estate there you should get while the gettin is good. Vegas may be the next Salton Sea resort area.


    LAKE MEAD, Nev.
    - When you head out on Nevada's Lake Mead, the first thing you notice is a white line. That's where the water used to be.
    What did this look like a decade ago?
    "This was all underwater," said Pat Mulroy, the general manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority. "I mean boats were everywhere. There was a whole marina here."
    Mulroy said that the drought began 14 years ago. Satellite photos show the Colorado River, which feeds Lake Mead, is drying up -- so the lake is rapidly shrinking. Islands are growing, and boats are floating far from where they once were.



    Lake Mead is shrinking -- and with it Las Vegas' water supply - CBS News

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    Re: Lake Mead is shrinking -- and with it Las Vegas' water supply

    First thing the desert SW needs to do is stop exporting it's water to other states. Second thing to remember is it is a very arid climate and not well suited to be inhabited like it is a lush oasis in the desert. Third a prolonged drought might indicate climate change...

    Fourth, Lost Wages isn't the only place suffering from extended drought. Texoma is the area on both sides of the Red River separating Texas from Oklahoma. We have had record heat and prolonged drought to the point businesses don't want to relocate- even with the lower taxes and eager to work population. Local chambers and Quasi government committees who's sole job is to attract new business are getting no takers.

    Wichita Falls Texas is trying to figure out what a stage 5 drought policy should be- mostly because stage 5 was, until now, unthinkable. Reservoirs are so low that local hotels and restaurants don't serve glasses of water because it is often off tasting and off color.

    So this is a region wide drought, not just a playground in the desert's problem. Folks might be getting out while the gettin is good across the entire SW.

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    Re: Lake Mead is shrinking -- and with it Las Vegas' water supply

    Quote Originally Posted by notquiteright View Post
    First thing the desert SW needs to do is stop exporting it's water to other states. Second thing to remember is it is a very arid climate and not well suited to be inhabited like it is a lush oasis in the desert. Third a prolonged drought might indicate climate change...

    Fourth, Lost Wages isn't the only place suffering from extended drought. Texoma is the area on both sides of the Red River separating Texas from Oklahoma. We have had record heat and prolonged drought to the point businesses don't want to relocate- even with the lower taxes and eager to work population. Local chambers and Quasi government committees who's sole job is to attract new business are getting no takers.

    Wichita Falls Texas is trying to figure out what a stage 5 drought policy should be- mostly because stage 5 was, until now, unthinkable. Reservoirs are so low that local hotels and restaurants don't serve glasses of water because it is often off tasting and off color.

    So this is a region wide drought, not just a playground in the desert's problem. Folks might be getting out while the gettin is good across the entire SW.
    I agree that putting this size of a city in the middle of a desert is a fools folly. On the climate thing though the leading theory of why the Anasazi culture ceased to exist was because of a 100 year drought in this same general area. That was just a bit before the internal combustion motor was built. The whole south west including Calif which is in drought conditions has been drying up for a very long time and if you take a look at all the dry lakes in this part of the US that becomes quite obvious.

    "Mojave was a much cooler and less arid environment. Portions of what are now vast expanses of desert, were likely shorelines of lakes, streams and marshes, and plentiful vegetation and animal life.

    As the climate became hotter and drier, the lakes dried up, the streams receded, and left behind isolated ground water fed springs that contain species found no where else in the world, or "endemic" species. "

    Mojave Desert

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    Re: Lake Mead is shrinking -- and with it Las Vegas' water supply

    Lake Mead has been shrinking for some time now. No one seems to be concerned.
    California is headed for what could possibly be the worst drought in the history of the state. One recent storm has brought about some hope, but we'll need several more in order to keep producing the nations' fruits, wines, and nuts.
    While unusually cold and stormy weather in the East is making headlines, unusually warm and dry weather prevails in the west, and could be a worse disaster in the long run.
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    Re: Lake Mead is shrinking -- and with it Las Vegas' water supply

    My prediction? I think we're on the verge of a major uptick in desalination investment generally, with big surge (the new San Diego plant will be online soon) probably coming to California over the next decade. Match that with encouraging developments in desalination efficiency, reduction in energy waste, and the application of new cutting edge materials (the most commonly cited one being graphene) and I think you have a good recipe for how developed countries will successfully tackle their water shortages.

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    Re: Lake Mead is shrinking -- and with it Las Vegas' water supply

    Why do I have the suspicion that Las Vegas, LA and the others in So Cal will find their water and our food prices will soar so that Hollywood and Beverly Hills can water it's lawns while casinos still out on shows with fountains and pools?

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    Re: Lake Mead is shrinking -- and with it Las Vegas' water supply

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    Lake Mead has been shrinking for some time now. No one seems to be concerned.
    California is headed for what could possibly be the worst drought in the history of the state. One recent storm has brought about some hope, but we'll need several more in order to keep producing the nations' fruits, wines, and nuts.
    While unusually cold and stormy weather in the East is making headlines, unusually warm and dry weather prevails in the west, and could be a worse disaster in the long run.
    There does seem to be a head in the sand attitude in Calif about the water situation. I heard of a development their in the San Jose area with multi million dollar homes who had a community well that went dry so they are trucking in water. Million dollar homes without water has an irony to it that can't help but make me laugh a bit. When the price of food sky rockets because of the drought though I may not laugh so hard. We better make our garden a little bigger this year.

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    Re: Lake Mead is shrinking -- and with it Las Vegas' water supply

    Quote Originally Posted by Sherman123 View Post
    My prediction? I think we're on the verge of a major uptick in desalination investment generally, with big surge (the new San Diego plant will be online soon) probably coming to California over the next decade. Match that with encouraging developments in desalination efficiency, reduction in energy waste, and the application of new cutting edge materials (the most commonly cited one being graphene) and I think you have a good recipe for how developed countries will successfully tackle their water shortages.
    Good idea. Get water for Calif and lower the "rising sea level" caused by AGW.

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    Re: Lake Mead is shrinking -- and with it Las Vegas' water supply

    Quote Originally Posted by CalGun View Post
    Why do I have the suspicion that Las Vegas, LA and the others in So Cal will find their water and our food prices will soar so that Hollywood and Beverly Hills can water it's lawns while casinos still out on shows with fountains and pools?

    Yeah, screw those red neck Republican farmers.

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    Re: Lake Mead is shrinking -- and with it Las Vegas' water supply

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    There has been a 14 year drought in this part of the US and if it goes on much longer Las Vegas will be a ghost town. If you own real estate there you should get while the gettin is good. Vegas may be the next Salton Sea resort area.


    LAKE MEAD, Nev.
    - When you head out on Nevada's Lake Mead, the first thing you notice is a white line. That's where the water used to be.
    What did this look like a decade ago?
    "This was all underwater," said Pat Mulroy, the general manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority. "I mean boats were everywhere. There was a whole marina here."
    Mulroy said that the drought began 14 years ago. Satellite photos show the Colorado River, which feeds Lake Mead, is drying up -- so the lake is rapidly shrinking. Islands are growing, and boats are floating far from where they once were.



    Lake Mead is shrinking -- and with it Las Vegas' water supply - CBS News
    It would be a ghost city worth seeing.

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