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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

America’s Largest Reservoir Keeps Shrinking

This April 13, 2014 view shows Hoover Dam, a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River on the border between the US states of Arizona and Nevada. Hoover Dam ,finished in 1936, impounds Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the United States by volume. The dam's generators provide power for public and private utilities in Nevada, Arizona, and California. Hoover Dam is a major tourist attraction; nearly a million people tour the dam each year. (Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images)

The Hoover Dam, which impounds Lake Mead is pictured on April 13, 2014. (Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images)

Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the United States, is at an alarmingly low level. It provides water to Nevada, Arizona and other desert states, and the West Coast drought is creating even more dependency on the reservoir.

Adam Burke, news director for Nevada Public Radio, has been covering the shrinking lake, and describes a visible bathtub line where water once stood. He discusses efforts to preserve Lake Mead’s water supply with Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson.

Guest

  • Adam Burke, news director for Nevada Public Radio KNPR. He tweets @adamknpr.

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