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August 14, 2014

Southwest braces as Lake Mead dries up

  • After 14 years of drought, the reservoir's water level is at its lowest point since it was first filled in the 1930s.
    Associated Press

    LAS VEGAS — Once-teeming Lake Mead marinas are idle as a 14-year drought steadily drops water levels to historic lows. Officials from nearby Las Vegas are pushing conservation but also are drilling a new pipeline to keep drawing water from the lake.

    Hundreds of miles away, farmers who receive water from the lake behind Hoover Dam are preparing for the worst.

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