Severe drought threatens Hoover dam reservoir – and water for US west

Severe drought threatens Hoover dam reservoir – and water for US west

The wellspring of Lake Mead created by the dam’s blocking of the Colorado River has plummeted to an historic low as states in the west now face hefty cuts in their water supplies

Had the formidable white arc of the Hoover dam never held back the Colorado River, the US west would likely have no Los Angeles or Las Vegas as we know them today. No sprawling food bowl of wheat, alfalfa and corn. No dreams of relocating to live in a tamed desert. The river, and dam, made the west; now the climate crisis threatens to break it.

Related: Lake Mead: largest US reservoir falls to historic low amid devastating drought

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