Models project that Lake Mead will fall below 1,075 feet (328 meters) for the first time in June 2021. That's the level that prompts a shortage declaration under agreements negotiated by seven states that rely on Colorado River water: Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.
The April projections, however, will not have binding impact. Federal officials regularly issue long-term projections but use those released each August to make decisions about how to allocate river water. If projections don't improve by then, the Bureau of Reclamation will declare a Level 1 shortage condition. The cuts would be implemented in January.
Lake Mead is still expected to experience its first federally declared water shortage next year, a recently released federal study shows.
Projections released by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation last week show Lake Mead’s elevation at the end of this year reaching 1,067 feet, a level that would trigger a shortage declaration. The projection was based on the most probable inflow.
Bureau of Reclamation spokeswoman Patti Aaron said officials have worked for years to ensure reliable water and power, so the projections are not cause for immediate concern. But that doesn’t mean the region’s water challenges should be ignored.
“We’re in the 22nd year of drought, it’s important to pay attention to conservation,” Aaron said. “And everyone needs to contribute to doing the best we can to save water.”
If Bureau of Reclamation projections in August show the lake level below 1,075 feet at the beginning of next year, a shortage will be declared. That means Nevada’s allocation of water from the Colorado River would be reduced from from 300,000 acre feet to 287,000 acre feet.
The Review-Journal minimizes this Federally predicted water shortage by saying “The harsh conditions that harm the river and lead to decreased Lake Mead water levels aren’t surprising to the water authority.” “We’ve been preparing for this for decades,” Pellegrino said.
She said the water authority has 2.1 million acre feet of water stored, about eight times what Nevada uses from the river annually. No one could predict the weather - no one could have predicted Las Vegas would legalize cannabis. Legal cannabis growers consume an enormous amount of water. As more more dispensary licenses are distributed, the more strain on the water supply.
Las Vegas is running out of water but they do not want anyone to know. The media in Las Vegas is either owned or sponsored by one of two industries: casinos & construction. Does it make sense that the Madison Square Garden continues constructing a $1.8 billion project when no one is going to concerts in Vegas since October 2017? Does it make sense to sign country artists, Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, Zedd, Tiesto to a residency at Resorts World? Does it make sense to issue 30 new cannabis dispensary licenses in the midst of of 22 year drought?
Las Vegas Locally unfollowed the Jedi when we tagged her in a tweet about the water shortage & the Resorts World delay. Vital Vegas made jokes when we tweeted about the water shortage. I got no responses from any meteorologists when I asked about the water.
We feel the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the local bloggers and the TV news stations are downplaying the water shortage because the construction is the only business that’s booming in Vegas right now.