While water levels are expected to continue to rise until the peak month of July, there is still a long way to go before the lake reaches full capacity. So what we really need is three or four years just like this in a row. Lake Powell is currently stuck in the worst drought of its year history. The lake hit an all-time low in when its elevation sank to 3, feet, feet below full pool. The lake did experience a spike during the summer of , when its levels got within 40 feet of full capacity. The drought has since continued, however, affecting not only Lake Powell but its sister reservoir Lake Mead as well.
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It is the largest reservoir in the United States in terms of water capacity. Formed by the Hoover Dam on September 30, , the reservoir serves water to the states of Arizona, California, and Nevada, as well as some of Mexico , providing sustenance to nearly 20 million people and large areas of farmland. The lake has remained below full capacity since due to drought and increased water demand. The lake was named after Elwood Mead ,  who was the commissioner of the U.
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Earlier this month, Arizona legislators passed a sheaf of crucial measures signaling their willingness to cooperate in an interstate drought contingency plan, staving off federal intervention. Yet these are stopgaps. The giant reservoir on the Colorado River behind Hoover Dam, which provides water chiefly to residents in California and farmers there and in Arizona, is suffering from a long-term and possibly irreversible decline in capacity. At the end of January, the lake was at 1, feet of surface elevation above sea level. When it reaches 1, feet, the lake can no longer generate hydroelectricity.
Arizona, Nevada and Mexico will be required to take less water from the Colorado River for the first time next year under a set of agreements that aim to keep enough water in Lake Mead to reduce the risk of a crash. The federal Bureau of Reclamation activated the mandatory reductions in water deliveries on Thursday when it released projections showing that as of Jan. California agreed to contribute water at a lower trigger point if the reservoir continues to fall. And Mexico agreed under a separate accord to start contributing to help prop up Lake Mead, which is now 39 percent full.