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Drove My Chevy To The Levee, But The Levee Was Dry
By Ernest Stewart

So bye, bye, Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry
And them good ole boys were drinking whiskey 'n rye
Singin' this'll be the day that I die
This'll be the day that I die
American Pie ~~~ Don McLean

The surface level at Lake Mead has dropped to historic low levels; and federal water managers said Thursday, the vast Colorado River reservoir is expected to continue to shrink amid the ongoing drought. In fact, one of the intake towers is just 25 feet in depth from sucking air.

The cause of this is the continuing drought, as well as Lake Mead is normally fed by Lake Powell further east on the river; but that lake has only been able to send one major "equalizing" release since the drought began -- which is why Lake Mead has been drawn so far down.

The closely-controlled-and-measured lake shrunk Wednesday to its lowest point since Hoover Dam was completed in 1936 -- with a surface level of 1,074.54 feet above sea level.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation plans to let it drop another few feet by the end of next month. Then, it will be refilled enough by the end of the year to pass a crucial water-level mark to avoid cuts in water deliveries to residents, farms, tribes and businesses in Arizona, Nevada, and California.

Rose Davis, a spokeswoman for the reclamation bureau said:
"We have passed the historic low of June 25, 2015, and we expect the lake to continue to drop to levels near 1,070 feet by the end of June. However, they are expected to be back by Dec. 31 above the levels that would trigger a shortage declaration in 2017

The lake is about 37 percent full. It's surrounded by a distinctive white mineral "bathtub ring" showing the 130 feet in surface level it has lost since 2000."
It was last at full capacity in 1983. It's currently around 175 feet from becoming a "dead pool," meaning that nothing could flow down stream from the Hoover Dam. Which it could reach if the drought continues for another dozen years.

Las Vegas and its 2 million residents and 40 million tourists a year get almost all their drinking water from Lake Mead, and will continue to do so as they've built a billion dollar tunnel much lower than the current intakes, guaranteeing their ability to keep putting on the outdoor water shows for decades to come -- while farms and other cities dry up!

The Colorado river serves about 40 million residents in seven Southwest states. Two key points are Lakes Powell and Mead, the largest reservoirs in the system, both of which are running lower and lower. How long are you willing to wait before you do something about global warming, America?


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(c) 2016 Ernest Stewart a.k.a. Uncle Ernie is an unabashed radical, author, stand-up comic, DJ, actor, political pundit and for 14 years was the managing editor and publisher of Issues & Alibis magazine. Visit me on Facebook. Follow me on Twitter.

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