14 Apr '11, 12pm

A Reprieve for Western Water Users

Monica Almeida/The New York Times The spigots on the Glen Canyon Dam have been opened wide this winter, pouring water from Lake Powell, above, downstream 357 miles to Lake Mead. Not quite five months ago, on Nov. 27, the level of Lake Mead, the massive federal reservoir that serves faucets and fields in Nevada, Arizona and California, hit an all-time low level of 1,081.85 feet above sea level. Seven feet lower, and the first water shortage ever would have been declared in the river’s lower basin. An unusually wet winter, however, has given the basin a reprieve, and policy makers think they will have enough water to keep promises to every user from Mexico to Las Vegas to San Diego, while still filling Lake Mead to a level 30 feet or more above the shortage line of 1,075 feet this year. Rains began strongly in late December and continued with enough oomph through the winter ...

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