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Drought sends Lake Mead to lowest level since 1937

The drought has sent Lake Mead to a low not seen in a lifetime.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal says the reservoir on the Colorado River hasn’t been down so low since 1937, when it was being filled for the first time behind the newly completed Hoover Dam.

Since drought took hold on the Colorado and its tributaries in 1999, the surface of the lake has plunged almost 130 feet.

If the lake drops another eight feet, federal officials will declare a shortage on the river, an unprecedented move that would cut Arizona and Nevada’s river share.

Southern Nevada Water Authority General Manager Pat Mulroy says forecasters are predicting dry conditions during the next two winters in the mountains that feed the Colorado.

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