Low Lake Levels Hamper Firefighters in Arizona

June 17, 2021

“..the lake can hold a capacity of 19,500 acre feet. Right now, it’s at 50 acre feet.”

This week’s drought map from NOAA now updated:

5 Responses to “Low Lake Levels Hamper Firefighters in Arizona”

  1. dumboldguy Says:

    Is the drought also “hampering” crop and cattle growers?. And before long shower takers and toilet flushers? Another sign of the beginning of the end?

    • greenman3610 Says:

      I fear for a real train-wreck across water and power systems this summer in the west.

      • dumboldguy Says:

        You’re not alone. My son lives in Crested Butte CO and folks out there are really concerned. I have been to all parts of CO and cannot imagine a temperature of 106 degrees in Grand Junction.

    • rhymeswithgoalie Says:

      Too often activists or city councils go after stupid things like restaurants automatically serving water without asking, as if the total of unconsumed table water compares to a sunny day’s evaporation of swimming pools or the use of potable water to irrigate landscaping.

  2. rhymeswithgoalie Says:

    I hope reservoir managers come up with more anti-evaporation mechanisms (possibly even swaths of floating solar panels?). Average annual evaporation for Lake Mead (Nevada-Arizona) was 1896mm (a little over six feet).

    https://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/ofr20211022

    Of course reservoir covers interfere with the operation of dip planes….


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