Largest reservoir in the US, drops 150 feet in 14 years

05/29/2015 21:45

A sign warning boaters of low water levels is posted near the Echo Bay boat launch on May 12, 2015 in Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Nevada. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

It’s one thing to hear about the severity of the drought out West, but images of Lake Mead, on the Colorado River, show an unprecedented drop in its water level and hammer home the severity of the drought.

Lake Mead, the nation’s largest reservoir, is filled to only 40 percent of capacity. The 14-year drought in the area surrounding the Colorado River basin has resulted in an astounding 150-foot drop in water levels.

The bleached “bathtub ring” visible on the banks of Lake Mead towers more than a hundred feet over passing pleasure boats. “To see it in person is simply jaw-dropping, ” said photographer Justin Sullivan, who captured these powerful images. TruNews


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