The following set of pictures shows the water level and it is scary to see how much lower the level is now. If it gets down to 1,050 ft, then the intake pipes for Las Vegas will not function any longer. They are building another intake pipe that will work at a much lower level and hopefully get them through this drought.
|Lake Mead level - 1212 ft|
|Lake Mead level - 1178 ft|
|Lake Mead level - April 2015 1080 ft|
The white rings on the land in the photo below is where the water was a few years ago before the drought began. There are a number of marinas that used to have boat docks and launch ramps with access to the lake. They are now hundreds of yards away from the lake and in some cases the water isn't even visible from the marina. We drove down a boat launch ramp (former part of the lake) and didn't realize it was the ramp because the water was over 600 yards away down a dirt road. That was an eye opener.
|The small island in foreground previously was almost all under water.|
|All this area was under water.|
|The pickup in this picture would have been under water in 1999.|
We've had to ask for water at meals out here rather them asking if we wanted water. Today we drove by a new building complex that was huge and all of the people living there will need water. I wonder when the local government will figure out that they can't continue on like this during the drought?
I guess people a lot smarter than I are working on this and hopefully they will have some answers other than to just wait for the rains to come back. After all, this is a desert and continues on for hundreds of miles.
That's it for me on this subject.