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Water disappears under Shasta....

Underground water in eastern Shasta County mysteriously disappears

April 15, 2012

Water disappearing....

"Stephen Wolf thinks something strange is happening underground in eastern Shasta County and it is draining water wells and maybe even causing sinkholes and subsiding pavement.

A retired marine geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, Wolf said he has seen what is happening in eastern Shasta County before. After the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, water well levels in the area of the quake fell significantly, he said."

Pavement hot and soft...

"He did wonder if subsidence discovered in a parking lot in Lassen Volcanic National Park was related to seismic activity in the area.

Ingebritsen hadn't heard about a parking lot, but said there have been some problems found on the road through Lassen National Park. He said the road is hot and soft in the area around The Sulphur Works, in the southwest part of the park

http://www.redding.com/news/2012/apr/15/underground-water-mysteriously-disappears/

HWY 41 entrance to Yosemite is closed due to chemical spill

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Tommy Tran....SULPHUR SPILL???

FISH CAMP, Calif. (KFSN) -- A chemical spill has shut down the south entrance into Yosemite National Park this morning. Powder sulfur spilled onto Highway 41 leading into the park.

Hazmat crews are using plastic shovels to scoop spilled sulfur at Yosemite. The CHP planned to open the highway by noon, but the cleanup is going slower than expected. They how hope to open the highway by 6 p.m. Monday.

A big rig driver was carrying the sulfur. The highly flammable chemical sparked several small fires. Hazmat crews and investigators with the EPA are on scene this morning. There is a quarantine zone within a half mile radius of the spill.

Many people coming out of the park Sunday night had to be detoured through Mariposa. Highway 41 is being blocked off in Fish Camp -- just north of Tenaya Lodge.

http://abclocal.go.com/kfsn/story?section=news/local&id=8630166

Hwy. 41 stretch with sulfur closes again, reopens

Eddie Jimenez - The Fresno Bee

April 26, 2012

"3:38 p.m.: The highway has been reopened.

1:38 p.m.: A stretch of Highway 41 near Yosemite National Park, shut down this week because of bags of sulfur that dropped from a big rig, was closed again today, the California Highway Patrol said.

The latest closure is because of residual sulfur reacting with rain from the latest storm to hit the area, the CHP said.

Southbound Highway 41 is closed at the Yosemite park gate. The highway’s northbound lane is closed at Summervale Campground. CHP officials do not know when the road will reopen.

The highway shut down Sunday night when the big rig started spilling 25-pound bags of powdered sulfur while driving toward Yosemite. The road was closed for more than a day. About 600 bags of sulfur were spilled on the road.

The big rig driver was arrested by National Park Service police on suspicion of driving under the influence."

http://www.fresnobee.com/2012/04/26/2815287/highway-41-stretch-with-sulfur.html#storylink=cpy

Minivan Sized Meteor Explodes Over California[/size

April 24, 2012

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"An explosion over the skies near the California-Nevada border early on Sunday has been confirmed to have been caused by a meteor the "size of a minivan," according to news reports.

The meteor, believed to have been a small asteroid, burned up spectacularly after slamming into the Earth's atmosphere at just under 34,000 miles per hour and generating energy equivalent to the explosion of 3.8 kilotons of TNT, according to Bill Cooke, director of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office.

"Elizabeth Silber at Western University has searched for infrasound signals from the explosion," Cooke told SpaceWeather.com. "Infrasound is very low frequency sound which can travel great distances. There were strong signals at two stations, enabling a triangulation of the energy source at 37.6N, 120.5W."

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2403415,00.asp

Swarm: Long Valley caldera rattled by small series of tremors

April 26, 2012

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"April 26, 2012 – Long Valley, CA – A series of 8 tremors have erupted at the Long Valley super-volcano caldera over the last 24 hours- two yesterday, and six tremors today. The tremors today were a 1.1 mag (3.2 km), a 2.5 mag (4.5 km), a 1.6 mag (4.5 km), a 1.2 mag (2.8 km), a 1.5 mag (7.9 km) and a 1.3 mag at (3.7 km). This could be the beginning of a swarm so we’ll keep monitoring events and look for updates. "

http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2012/04/26/long-valley-caldera-rattled-by-small-series-of-tremors/

Folks this one has it all...Water disappearing under Shasta/Lassen

Pavement hot and melting in the same area

Sulphur spills...just outside Yosemite

they thought it was cleaned up and had to close the road again today.

A meteor exploded....in roughly the same area

and now...Long Valley has an Earthquake swarm.....

sooooo then...within about 200/250 miles all this activity going on...in a couple weeks....add to this  anything else that is going on, or has gone on in California that is of interest...you never know what we may come up with...

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It’s just dried up’: B.C. earthquake pulls plug on centuries-old Haida Gwaii hot springs

Tristin Hopper | Nov 2, 2012 12:31 AM ET

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"Days after the remote B.C. archipelago of Haida Gwaii emerged virtually unscathed from Canada’s second-strongest earthquake, locals discovered that the shifting earth had mysteriously switched off a centuries-old hot spring considered sacred by the Haida.

“It’s a very culturally significant site — even today Haida people would go down to take advantage of healing properties of the springs,” said Ernie Gladstone, a field unit superintendent for Gwaii Haanas National Park, of which Hot Spring Island is a part."

Read the whole story here

http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/11/02/bc-earthquake-hotspring/

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World's rivers running on empty, paper finds

November 26, 2012

"Four of the world's great rivers, including the Murray Darling, are all suffering from drastically reduced flows as a direct result of water extraction, according to new ANU research.

The multi-author study – led by ANU researchers Professor Quentin Grafton, Dr Jamie Pittock, Professor Tom Kompas and Dr Daniel Connell of the Crawford School of Public Policy at The Australian National University – examined the threats from water extractions and climate change on four of the world's iconic river systems; the US Colorado River, the South African Orange River, the Chinese Yellow River and the Murray.

The researchers found that in all four basins, over a long period of time, outflows have greatly reduced as a direct result of increased water extractions, and that urgent changes in governance of water are needed to ensure the systems remain healthy and viable. "While climate change will aggravate changes in flows in river systems, current high levels of water extractions remain the principal contributor to reduced flows and degradation of these rivers," said Dr Pittock.

"Changes in governance, including sharing the variability between the environment and consumptive users, are urgently required if the health of these rivers is to be maintained," added Dr Connell."

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2012-11-world-rivers-paper.html#jCp

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Mississippi River could become impassable in two weeks

The Mississippi River could be too shallow for barge traffic between St. Louis and Cairo in two weeks due to decreasing water levels.

Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2012/11/28/175790/mississippi-river-could-become.html#emlnl=Daily_News_Update#storylink=cpy

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2012/11/28/175790/mississippi-river-could-become.html#emlnl=Daily_News_Update

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U.S. Great Lakes hit lowest water level ever on record

Feb. 8, 2013

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"GREAT LAKES, US - Two of the Great Lakes have hit their lowest water levels ever recorded, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Tuesday, capping more than a decade of below-normal rain and snowfall and higher temperatures that boost evaporation.

Measurements taken last month show Lake Huron and Lake Michigan have reached their lowest ebb since record keeping began in 1918, and the lakes could set additional records over the next few months, the corps said. The lakes were 29 inches below their long-term average and had declined 17 inches since January 2012.

The other Great Lakes — Superior, Erie and Ontario — were also well below average. “We’re in an extreme situation,” said Keith Kompoltowicz, watershed hydrology chief for the corps district office in Detroit. The low water has caused heavy economic losses by forcing cargo ships to carry lighter loads, leaving boat docks high and dry, and damaging fish-spawning areas. And vegetation has sprung up in newly exposed shoreline bottomlands, a turnoff for hotel customers who prefer sandy beaches.

The corps’ report came as shippers pleaded with Congress for more money to dredge ever-shallower harbors and channels. Shippers are taxed to support a harbor maintenance fund, but only about half of the revenue is spent on dredging. The remainder is diverted to the treasury for other purposes. Legislation to change that policy is pending before Congress. “Plunging water levels are beyond anyone’s control, but the dredging crisis is man-made,” said James Weakley, president of the Cleveland-based Lake Carriers’ Association.Kompoltowicz said the Army corps might reconsider a long-debated proposal to place structures in a river to reduce the flow of water away from Lakes Huron and Lake Michigan, which are connected."

http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/

Great Lakes Hit Lowest Water Level On Record

Great Lakes Hit Lowest Water Level On Record

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Harsh drought is drying up New Mexico’s largest reservoir

August 1, 2013

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"August 1, 2013 | Right now, El Paso’s drier than a cow bone baking in the Chihuahuan Desert, and an important source of water for drinking and farming has shrunk into the sandy puddle you see below. The vast desolation of the Elephant Butte Reservoir — named so not because of the presence of pachyderms, but due to a hump in the landscape vaguely shaped like a hulking animal — is a weighty concern for residents of El Paso, who get about half their water from it.

During flush times in the late 1980s and ’90s, the ‘phant contained nearly 2.2 million acre-feet of agua and was the largest reservoir in New Mexico. Today, however, it holds only 3 percent of that amount (65,057 acre-feet) and is at its lowest level in four decades. Here it was in June 1994 at 89 percent capacity (larger version). The development at bottom-right is the beginning of the awesomely named town of Truth or Consequences. Grist News"

http://lynleahz.com/2013/08/01/harsh-drought-is-drying-up-new-mexicos-largest-reservoir/

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I recall reading an article recently saying it took 1 million (maybe more) gallons a day to keep the new super computer, gov. structure (DHS, Defense, whatever the hell it is) in Utah going a day. Maybe that's where some of the water is going. And remember that billionaire guy, Pickens from Texas, that is sucking all the water from other states into his aquifier through an underground pipe system- there's goes a bunch. And isn't Nestles collecting water and shipping it overseas to some plant or plants.  There's that much less water on the ground to be sucked up into the atmosphere to later fall down as rain, maybe...

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OK then don't forget fracking too.  We all know that is using boocoo amounts of water. So tell me, what does everyone use for water when it's gone or contaminated.  Lake Mead is down 120 feet I think too. Wonder if everyone can drink dollar bills?  One thing humans cannot do w/o is potable drinking water. Hope we realize that.

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Seems the corporations have decided they need all the fresh water and they are taking it., thinking there is nothing we can do about it. How utterly bold and disgusting. Robbing not just mankind, but all the animals and plants of a fresh water supply, which without, life cannot exist.  >:(

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Hopefully, the water here at Healing Springs in Blackville, SC doesn't disappear. The one acre where the artesian springs are was deeded to God-- I do believe that the county has it recorded as such. No business is allowed to commercialize the water and it is free for everyone to come and partake of. They have tapped the springs, but it is actual artesian springs, not a well. I stop by there with a few jugs when I am passing through. The water tastes great. In fact, I have a 5 gal jug of it in storage. The town keeps the spot beautiful.  It is possible that some company or government could tap into these ancient artesian springs, but I hope not.

Here's a bit of the interesting backstory. If you are ever near Blackville, SC, do stop by there and bring a bottle or cup!

http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/12456

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Worst watershed stresses may become the new normal

Sept 24, 2013

 

 

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Nearly one in 10 U.S. watersheds is "stressed," with demand for water exceeding natural supply, according to a new, CIRES-led analysis of surface water in the United States. This map shows all stressed watersheds in the continental United States (1999-2007), with color indicating increasing levels of stress, from light green to red. (Map courtesy CIRES)

 

 

Nearly one in 10 U.S. watersheds is "stressed," with demand for water exceeding natural supply, according to a new analysis of surface water in the United States. What's more, the lowest water flow seasons of recent years-times of great stress on rivers, streams, and sectors that use their waters-are likely to become typical as climates continue to warm.

 

"By midcentury, we expect to see less reliable surface water supplies in several regions of the United States," said the study's lead author, Kristen Averyt, associate director for science at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder. "This is likely to create growing challenges for agriculture, electrical suppliers and municipalities, as there may be more demand for water and less to go around.

 

 

http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Worst_watershed_stresses_may_become_the_new_normal_999.html

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Lake disappears overnight

pond (edited) disappeared overnight in Bosnian village Sanica near Kljuc. Since the water is gone the hole is spreading and consuming nearby structures.
According to authorities, underground waters caused the problem.
What do you think is causing this?

 

 

 

Read more at http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=5bf_1384600973#p3KGkJfTfaW1feik.99

 

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Since this has to do with disappearing water, no rain or precipitation could truly mean disappearing water.

 

Precipitation Declines In Pacific Northwest Mountains

Dec. 3, 2013

 

 

 

"Recent Forest Service studies on high-elevation climate trends in the Pacific Northwest United States show that streamflow declines tie directly to decreases and changes in winter winds that bring precipitation across the region. Scientists believe the driving factors behind this finding relates to natural climate variations and man-made climate change.

 

Research Hydrologist Charlie Luce, with the Rocky Mountain Research Station’s Aquatic Sciences Laboratory in Boise, Idaho, along with cooperators at the University of Idaho and the US Forest Service Northern Region, reflect on the decline of precipitation in the region’s mountains for 60 years. Increasing wildfire area and earlier and lower streamflows have generally been attributed to warming temperatures. “Our research,” says Luce, “suggests that an alternative mechanism – decreases in winter winds leading to decreased precipitation – may compound the changes expected from warming alone. This is important because mountains are a primary water source for the region. Less precipitation leads to reduced runoff for communities, industry and agriculture. Decreased precipitation also exacerbates early snowmelt tied to warming temperatures. Acknowledging the effects of decreasing precipitation requires changes in how resource specialists approach climate change adaptation for water resources and forest management compared to preparing for increased temperature alone,” he said. According to Luce, this may present important implications for changes in mountain precipitation and future water availability for other areas as well.

http://www.redorbit.com/news/science/1113018541/precipitation-declines-in-pacific-northwest-mountains/

 

 

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ALERT! At Record Low Levels, Obama Okays Sale of Great Lake Water




 
 
 
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Published on Dec 14, 2013

The Lowest levels in the lakes Since 1918,...the year they started measuring levels!
THIS IS A RED ALERT , FOR ANYONE WHOM ENJOYS THEIR FRESH DRINKING WATER! THEY ARE ROBBING US BLIND...OF ALL OUR RESOURCES!!

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Lake Oroumieh in Iran disappearing before our eyes

February 20, 2014

 

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"THE first cabinet decision made under Iran’s new president, Hassan Rouhani, wasn’t about how to resolve his country’s nuclear dispute with world powers. It was about how to keep the nation’s largest lake from disappearing.

Lake Oroumieh, one of the biggest saltwater lakes on Earth, has shrunk more than 80 per cent to 1,000 square kilometres in the past decade, mainly because of climate change, expanded irrigation for surrounding farms and the damming of rivers that feed the body of water, experts say. Salt-covered rocks that were once deep underwater now sit in the middle of desert.

Experts fear the lake — famous in years past as a tourist spot and a favourite stopping point for migrating flamingoes, pelicans and gulls — could disappear within two years if nothing is done.

“The lake is gone. My job is gone. My children are gone. Tourists, too,’’ said Mozafar Cheraghi, 58, as he stood on a dusty platform that was once his bustling teahouse.

Less than a decade ago, he recalled, he hosted dozens of tourists a day, with his two sons taking them on boat tours. His children have since left to pursue work elsewhere."

“I sold a dozen boats and kept half a dozen here, hoping the water will return,’’ he said. “But it didn’t happen.’’

Rescuing the lake in north-western Iran, near the Turkish border, was one of Mr Rouhani’s campaign promises, and his new cabinet promptly decided to form a team to invite scholars to help find solutions.

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pictures at the link below

http://www.news.com.au/world/lake-oroumieh-in-iran-disappearing-before-our-eyes/story-fndir2ev-1226832165416

 

 

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Dozens of Texas communities with less than 90 days of water

Joe Conger

May 19, 2014

 

"BANDERA COUNTY, Texas — Joe Mooneyham no longer grows any flowers or plants in his backyard. Instead, the Pebble Beach resident in Bandera County is nursing a quiet optimism that it will all come back.

 

"I haven't watered since September of last year," Mooneyham said. “Everything was just emerald green."

He misses the greenery, the deer and the water.

 

Medina Lake, which used to send gentle waves lapping at his backyard dock, has receded more than a mile and a quarter away.

 

"Every day I go on and check the level," Mooneyham said.

 

Pebble Beach is a community whose name is borne out in the field of small stones that were once covered by several feet of lake water. It's also a community reporting less than a three-month supply of water for its residents.

 

Neighbors a few miles down the road are having water brought in by the truckload, or face spending tens of thousands of dollars to dig for it.

 

"The well-service people have been lowering pumps. Some have had to have new wells drilled. It's just a fact of nature," said Bandera County Judge Richard Evans.

 

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality keeps tabs on those places where the water is scarce enough to draw concern."

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http://www.khou.com/news/texas-news/Dozens-of-Texas-communities-with-less-than-90-days-of-water-259782111.html

 

 

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Lake Powell less than half full, see impacts from space

Erin Jordan

May 22, 2014

 

"The Colorado River is an important source of water for much of the western United States, including Arizona. The Central Arizona Project (CAP) carries 1.5 million acre-feet of water from the Colorado River to Pima, Pinal, and Maricopa counties each year. Tucson Water distributed 93,250 acre-feet to over 220,000 customers in 2012. 

 

Lake Powell is a major reservoir on the Colorado River. According to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Lake Powell is currently only at 42 percent of capacity as of May 20. The below images of Lake Powell were captured by a NASA satellite on May 12, 2014.

 

NASA Earth Observatory says "The low water levels are evident in these images, which were acquired by the Landsat 8 satellite on May 13, 2014. White bleached rock show where Lake Powell's shore is when the reservoir is at capacity. In the top image, which shows the northern section of Lake Powell, a muddy Colorado River flows through a largely empty lake bed. The lower image shows a section of the reservoir closer to the Glen Canyon Dam and popular with boaters. Here, Halls Creek Bay is clearly smaller than it is in the National Park Service map of Lake Powell."

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The below image compares 1999 water levels to 2013 water level.

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http://www.tucsonnewsnow.com/story/25589504/lake-powell-less-than-half-full

 

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It's absolutely frightening Breezy. With all the fracking removing hundreds of thousands of gallons of fresh water from aquifiers, continuous hot dry air, and lack of rain, it's becoming quite obvious our world is in for a drastic future in connection with water. I know the Bandera area of Texas and although it was no oasis as it often goes thru dry spells, this is abnormal to say the least.

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The race to stop Las Vegas from running dry

Nick Allen

June 28, 2014

 

Amid a brutal drought the reservoir that supplies 90 per cent of Las Vegas’s water is fast disappearing and desperate attempts to save Sin City are under way

 

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ops Lake Mead Water Level To 40 Year Lows...LAKE MEAD NRA, NV - JULY 30: Boaters are seen in front of a white "bathtub ring" on the rocks on the upstream side of the Hoover Dam Photo: GETTY IMAGES

 

"Outside Las Vegas’s Bellagio hotel tourists gasp in amazement as fountains shoot 500ft into the air, performing a spectacular dance in time to the music of Frank Sinatra.

Gondolas ferry honeymooners around canals modelled on those of Venice, Roman-themed swimming pools stretch for acres, and thousands of sprinklers keep golf courses lush in the middle of the desert.

But, as with many things in Sin City, the apparently endless supply of water is an illusion. America’s most decadent destination has been engaged in a potentially catastrophic gamble with nature and now, 14 years into a devastating drought, it is on the verge of losing it all."

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/10932785/The-race-to-stop-Las-Vegas-from-running-dry.html

ps: I believe the above picture was taken last year, July 30, so this year it would be actually worse

 

 

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G'day

 

Found this disturbing article. I know all water is recycled, but I trust Mother Nature a lot more than a bureaucratic process...

 

Texas OKs wastewater reuse for parched city
http://www.ktbs.com/story/25893962/texas-oks-wastewater-reuse-for-parched-city 

 

State regulators have given conditional approval to a drought-stricken North Texas city's plan to recycle and treat wastewater to augment dwindling drinking water supplies.

The Texas Commission of Environmental Quality approved the Wichita Falls program for a period not to exceed six months. An agency statement says the decision is based on the city's report that it had verified that it was able to treat wastewater to meet all state and federal drinking water standards.

The Friday decision comes after state and federal climatologists warned Tuesday that the city of about 105,000 residents bear the Oklahoma border will likely continue experiencing unnaturally hot, dry weather for a decade or longer.

The Texas Water Development Board says the Wichita Falls water supply is on a pace to run dry by 2016.

 

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Water levels at Nevada's Lake Mead drop to new low

Ken Ritter

July 9, 2014

 

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"LAS VEGAS (AP) — Drought in the southwestern U.S. will deplete the vast Lake Mead this week to levels not seen since Hoover Dam was completed and the reservoir on the Colorado River was filled in the 1930s, federal water managers said Tuesday.

 

The projected lake level of about 1,080 feet above sea level will be below the level of about 1,082 feet recorded in November 2010 and the 1,083-foot mark measured in April 1956 during another sustained drought.

But U.S. Bureau of Reclamation regional chief Terry Fulp said water obligations will be met at least through next year without a key shortage declaration. The result will be full deliveries to cities, states, farms and Indian tribes in an area that's home to some 40 million people and the cities of Las Vegas, Phoenix and Los Angeles.

"We continue to closely monitor the projections of declining lake levels and are working with stakeholders throughout the Lower Basin to keep as much water in Lake Mead as we can through various storage and conservation efforts," Fulp said in a statement.

The lake on Tuesday was just under 1,082 feet above sea level, and the reservoir was about 39 percent full, said Rose Davis, a bureau spokeswoman in Boulder City, Nevada.

The dropping level since the reservoir was last full in 1998, at just under 1,296 feet above sea level, has left as much as 130 feet of distinctive white mineral "bathtub ring" on hard rock surfaces surrounding the lake."

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http://news.yahoo.com/water-levels-nevadas-lake-mead-drop-low-221400840.html

 

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Keeping the west in a drought is their goal here in America. Using weather control tech. To make sure we don't find out how bad Fukushima really made things imagine if they let the radiation literally rain down on them.... People would surley wake up faster and catch on to their lies if their hair, nails, and teeth started falling out...

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Central California residents rely on bottled water as wells run dry

Veronica Rocha

August 27, 2014

 

 

 

 

"Extreme drought conditions have become so harsh for the Central Valley community of East Porterville, many of its residents dependent on their own wells have run out of water.

 

Roughly 300 homes have received a three-week supply of bottled water after Tulare County officials discovered their wells had gone dry.

 

In all, county officials distributed 15,552 1-gallon bottles of water, and have been filling a 2,500-gallon tank with nonpotable water so residents can flush toilets and bathe.

 

And the problem could be worse because many believe the number of people whose wells have gone dry is "grossly underreported," said Michael Lockman, manager of Tulare County's Office of Emergency Services."
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http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-central-california-residents-wells-go-dry-20140826-story.html

 

 

 

 
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China's largest freshwater lake shrinks by one third in 3 days
(Xinhua) 20:49, October 22, 2014

 

NANCHANG, Oct. 22 -- China's largest freshwater lake, Poyang, has shrunk by one third in the past three days due to reduced water supply from the Yangtze River and little rainfall.

 

At 8 a.m. Wednesday, the lake's surface area was 1,490 sq km, a reduction of 679 sq km compared with 2,169 sq km on Monday, said the Jiangxi Provincial Hydrological Bureau.

 

more here: http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/n/2014/1022/c90882-8798502.html

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Savage drought will drive Lake Mead to record low on Sunday

April 23, 2015

By HENRY BREAN

 

 

"Sunday’s forecast for Lake Mead calls for breezy conditions, with a high in the low 80s and a water level as low as it has been in 78 years.

The reservoir east of Las Vegas is expected to reach a new record low this weekend and continue downward another 7 feet through June, as the drought-stricken Colorado River withers from its 12th dry year since 2000.

The latest projections by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation call for the new record to arrive sometime after midnight Sunday, when the surface of Lake Mead dips below the current low-water mark, set on Aug. 13, 2014, of 1,080.19 feet above sea level.

The last time Lake Mead was this low was May 1937, the same month as the Hindenburg explosion. The reservoir then was filling for the first time behind the new Hoover Dam.

The bleak new milestone comes as federal forecasters slash their projections for how much water will make its way into the Colorado River in the coming months, as snow melts away in the mountains of Utah, Colorado and Wyoming.

Last month, the forecast called for the river that supplies water and power to some 40 million people in the U.S. and Mexico to see about 71 percent of its average flow this summer. Now forecasters expected the river’s flow to be more like 52 percent of average, and it could go even lower than that, according to one expert."
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http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/nevada/savage-drought-will-drive-lake-mead-record-low-sunday

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