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Hoover Dam holds back Lake Mead, America’s largest reservoir. The mineral-stained canyon walls are a growth chart in reverse, showing where the lake surface has been. Hoover Dam holds back Lake Mead, America’s largest reservoir. The mineral-stained canyon walls are a growth chart in reverse, showing where the lake surface has been. © J. Carl Ganter / Circle of Blue

Chances are you may have heard about the water shortages in California. Residents have been asked to limit their water usage by not washing their cars or not watering their lawns. We won't get into those celebrities who complain about the request, and who continue to maintain a prefectly green lawn at their multi-million dollar mansions. However, the drought is real. Perhaps nowhere is it more visible than at the Hoover Dam and the body of water it holds back, Lake Mead.

Lake Mead is the main water source for Las Vegas, and serves as an accurate representation of just how dire the situation has become. Water levels there are the lowest they've been since 1937. However, there are no plans to enact any water usage restrictions for any of the seven states in the Colorado River Basin at this time. But experts do believe that should the drought continue, there will be restrictions put into effect in 2016.

The bad news doesn't end there. The regional water authority is undergoing two, huge tunneling projects – to the tune of $US 829 million of ratepayer money. One tunnel at the lake bottom that will be completed next spring and the other tunnel as an emergency connection between existing intakes. This is a drastic measure to be sure, but it is meant to ensure that the 2 million residents of southern Nevada can still drink from Lake Mead while it continues to recede further into the desert.

Wouldn't it be great if we could devise a way to transport all of our snow out west?

You can read the complete story at the EcoWatch website.

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