I’m becoming increasingly concerned, almost alarmed, by the continuing drought conditions across the US West.
Lake Mead, which my town of Las Vegas relies on for water, is at approximately 35% of capacity. Electricity production has already been reduced by 25% due to low water levels. In a few weeks the lake will go below it’s lowest level since the dam was finished in 1936.
The same is true for Lake Powell and for many lakes and reservoirs across the West. Boats can’t launch, houseboats pulled out of the water, floating docks left sitting on dry land, hundreds of feet from water.
Rivers like the Klamath in Oregon and the Truckee in California are in danger of having no water at all later this year.
Nevada just enacted a moratorium on non-functional grass, but that seems like a few drops in the proverbial bucket, at best. The temperature here is fixing to go above 45C (113F) with nights averaging 30+C (86+F) and with no water, fires can become super-scary dangerous; there are already wildfires burning in Arizona and California.
And there is absolutely no way, none, that this gets better any sooner than this time next year.
But… this is Year 21 of this drought. I’m starting to think maybe this isn’t temporary.