Water shortages in U.S. West likelier than previously thought

There’s a chance water levels in the two largest man-made reservoirs in the United States could dip to critically low levels by 2025.

9/16/2020 5:29:00 PM

Water levels in the two largest man-made reservoirs in the US could dip to critically low levels by 2025, experts say, jeopardizing the steady flow of Colorado River water that more than 40M people rely on in the American West.

There’s a chance water levels in the two largest man-made reservoirs in the United States could dip to critically low levels by 2025.

01:04Some of urban and agricultural water users have been forced to conserve water to secure the river long term, but it remains overtapped. And as cities like Phoenix and Las Vegas keep growing, the region is only getting thirstier.“We know that warmer temperatures have contributed to the drought of the last 21 years, and we know that they have exacerbated it,” Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman said.

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Unlike the24-month projectionsthat the agency uses to allocate water to the seven states and Mexico, the models released Tuesday simulate various weather and usage patterns to help water users prepare for different scenarios.Scientists use what’s called the Colorado River Simulation System to project future levels of the two reservoirs. They employed “stress testing” techniques based on river flows since 1988 to determine potential shortages if drought conditions persist.

Arizona, Nevada and Mexico agreed to cuts for the first time under a drought contingency plan signed last year. The water level in Lake Mead sits at 1,083 feet. When projections drop below 1,075 feet (328 meters), Nevada and Arizona will face deeper cuts mandated by the plan.

Stress test models suggest a 32 percent chance that Lake Mead will fall below 1,075 feet by 2022 and a 77 percent chance by 2025. The model’s median estimates indicate Lake Mead will drop by 35 feet by 2026.The water level in Lake Powell is at 3,598 feet, and estimates suggest it could drop by 50 feet by 2026.

Burman said the models provide valuable information to cities and farms preparing for the future as drought persists and average temperatures trend upward. She said drought contingency plans are an effective mechanism to address the projected shortages — for now.

“I think what the projections are showing us is we have greater uncertainty than we did last year,” she said. Read more: NBC News »

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'could' Desalination along the entire west coast solves the problem and leaves more water for nature. I predict that liberal tears will fill those reservoirs back to normal in November after the re-relection of Trump. Trump will save you yet!!! Trump2020 In short the answer is Desalination plant if we start now it will be up and running way before that time and don't say they don't work other Countries are an have been using them for years.

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KenDilanianNBC Did you not see Chinatown? KenDilanianNBC You lost me at “experts” ... 🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️ We were warned decades ago to preserve western US waterways, prepare for droughts, to minimize urban abuses of natural western US resources. The Colorado River once nourished numerous family farms along its route to northern Mexico. Will we ever recover from this devastation?

If you cared... why aren't you backing more water retention programs? Reservoirs? Lakes? Etc.? Answer: Liberals won't allow it. So blame them when you get thirsty. And what are we doing to fix the problem of too many humans alive to sustain with food & water? We keep striving to become more & more advanced so we live longer! We're going to kill everyone so we can individually live longer! It's our own downfall, Greed & fear of death!

We should build some additional reservoirs! Solved! NBCPolitics CBSNews ABC Biden shouldnt show to listen to his lies. BidenWinsDebate sitting on his couch. Or!' Maybe not. They always knew there was not enough water in the South West. We have a Media owned Government that has fucked humanity. So why havent we learned from history? The romans built canals and channels and bridges with stone, in order to transfer water from place with an over abundance to those where there is very little.

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