Monday, May 23, 2011

Photo: Lake's Bathtub Ring

Here is a closer photo of the "bathtub ring" around Lake Mead, due to the drought during the past 10 years. This photo is about two months old, taken after the record snow run off this winter. The lake last fall was even lower, as I discussed yesterday.

There was an article in our daily newspaper, The Arizona Republic, about a week ago reporting that Lake Mead is now 16 feet higher than it was last November, its record low, and that it will rise another 30 feet by the end of this year due to the snow this past winter.

Hopefully we will have several more winters of good snowfall in the Rocky Mountains to replenish Lake Mead even more. I am sure that would make the ski resort industry happy, and it will be welcome by the farmers and residents of the desert Southwest.

Even though Scottsdale is more than 200 miles (300 km) from the Colorado River, we get some of our drinking water from the Colorado downstream from Lake Mead, transported that distance by the Central Arizona Project pumps and canal system.

Check out beautiful travel photos of Villa Balbianello on Lake Como, Italy at Viva la Voyage!

8 comments:

PerthDailyPhoto said...

That was really interesting Julie, water is a huge problem here too, even though we are surrounded by water our dams in Perth are at the lowest level they've been a while. Hopefully we will get a lot of rain this winter and in the catchment areas.

brattcat said...

This illustrates the water drop beautifully.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

There was an interesting comment left on your site yesterday that was critical of the dams. They do have pros and cons.

In Costa Rica, we get almost 100% of our electricity from dams, which will help Costa Rica become the world's first carbon neutral country in a decade. If we were burning fossil fuels for power, that would not be possible.

glenda said...

The low levels of water are a worry for a lot of states in the southwest who depend on it. Time will tell.

Birdman said...

Neat Lake Mead shots.

Jacob said...

I've seen photos of how Lake Mead has almost disappeared...and that was some years ago. It's indicative, I think, of the water problem that the world will be facing in the coming years.

In Florida, our politicians give away our water resources to bottled water companies!

Thérèse said...

Let's hope for the best because water is going, if not already is, a big problem all over the world.

J Bar said...

Great shot.
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