Historically Low Water Levels At Hoover Dam Can Be Seen From Space

NASA says Lake Mead is only at 27 percent of capacity.

LAKE MEAD NATIONAL RECREATION AREA, AZ - MAY 12: A tall bleached 'bathtub ring' is visible behind the Hoover Dam on May 12, 2015 in Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Arizona. As severe drought grips parts of the Western United States, Lake Mead, which was once the largest reservoir in the nation, has seen its surface elevation drop below 1,080 feet above sea level, its lowest level since the construction of the Hoover Dam in the 1930s. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Positive prospects for Lake Mead at the Hoover Dam are almost totally dried up.

As of Monday, the lake was only at 27 percent of capacity, according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

NASA recently presented satellite images showing major differences between water levels in July 2000 and July 2022. The space agency said the Hoover Dam lake’s water levels are at their lowest since April 1937.

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Lake Mead July 6, 2000 versus July 3, 2022

At that time, the reservoir was only starting to get filled for the first time, NASA said.

The agency said its new findings continue a 22-year downward trend in water levels in Lake Mead.

The Colorado River and its two largest reservoirs supply water to about 40 million people in the West.

The Colorado River and its two largest reservoirs — Lake Mead and Lake Power – supply water to about 40 million people in the West. At Lake Powell, federal officials announced unprecedented emergency steps last week to keep more water in that reservoir — and preserve the Glen Canyon Dam’s ability to generate hydropower — rather than sending it downstream to Lake Mead.Scientists are measuring new record-low water levels on a daily basis at one of those reservoirs, Lake Mead.

Lake Mead “provides a stark illustration of climate change and a long-term drought,” NASA said.

The agency added that the situation may be the worst in the U.S. West in 12 centuries.

Case For Concern At The Hoover Dam

NASA’s new satellite images come amid other concerning news about the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead.

Earlier this month, a World War II-era watercraft surfaced in Lake Mead amid the worsening megadrought, CNN reported.

Park rangers and police continue to discover human remains and boat wrecks such as the WW II landing boat.

Earlier this year, at least two bodies, including a likely murder victim lodged in a barrel, surfaced at the lake.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Homicide Lieutenant Ray Spencer said authorities will likely find more bodies in the lake.

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