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Lake Mead and Lake Powell lowest level since Powell was filled

Credit: inkstain.net/fleck

Credit: inkstain.net/fleck

jfleck brings baleful news about water levels in two crucial lakes, Lake Powell and Lake Mead, that feed into the Colorado.

Ever the journalist in search of gloomy extremes, I just noticed that total storage in Lake Mead and Lake Powell, the two largest reservoirs used to manage flows on the Colorado River, is currently forecast (USBR pdf here) to end the current water year at its lowest level since 1968.

I’ll see your gloom, jfleck, and raise it. California snowpack this year is 17% of normal. No one out-glooms me when it comes to water.

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