What Lake Mead’s Record Low Means for California

June 20, 2016
Water intake pipes that were once underwater sit above the water line along Lake Mead in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area near Boulder City, Nevada. This photograph was taken on May 18, 2015. The lake hit a record low in May 2016.
Water intake pipes that were once underwater sit above the water line along Lake Mead in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area near Boulder City, Nevada. This photograph was taken on May 18, 2015. The lake hit a record low in May 2016.
John Locher, AP

The state of California currently draws 4.4 million acre-feet of water from the Colorado River annually. A vast majority of this water comes from Lake Mead which, after 16 years of drought in the Colorado River Basin, has hit its lowest point ever. Local water experts including Glen MacDonald, the John Muir memorial chair in geography at UCLA, weigh in on the situation and the future of water supply in California.

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