With Extended Drought, Biggest US Reservoir at Lowest Level Ever

54D94174-CBB2-48EB-9677-627BE8D9040B_w640_r1_s_cx0_cy17_cw0{VOA NEWS } – The 16-year drought in parts of the western United States has dropped the water level in the country’s largest reservoir at Lake Mead to its lowest level in its 81-year history.

When full, the lake — straddling the Nevada-Arizona state border that was formed with the construction of the Hoover Dam during the Great Depression of the 1930s — has a surface elevation of more than 370 meters above sea level. It provides crucial water to the two states and also California, including Los Angeles, the country’s second-biggest city.

But the Lake Mead level has been falling during the extended drought that has parched farmlands in the west and led to water rationing. In the last week, the recorded lake level fell to 327 meters above sea level. READ MORE OF THIS STORY


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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.