The Hoover Dam is experiencing record water levels. This is a major and terrifying development that has a major impact on the water and climate of the entire southwestern United States. Under drought conditions, the water level of Lake Mead reached a record low of 1,071.56 feet above sea level last week, and the water level was only 37%. The water level of the water body has been declining since 2000 and has fallen by approximately 140 feet in the past 20 years. According to an analysis by the New York Times, the Southwest region is experiencing its worst drought in 20 years.
The long-standing water resources problem in the western region is exacerbating the challenges posed by the latest impact of climate change. Kathryn Sorensen, a member of the advisory board of the Kyl Water Policy Center of the Morrison Institute, said that the reservoir supplies water to the reservoir, which is severely over-allocated, and the demand for water exceeds the actual flow of the river. He pointed out that scientists predict that the flow of rivers may be reduced by as much as 25% in the future. Seven states are located in the basin and are affected by the Colorado River Compact: Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, and New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.
Experts say that the main problem of water resources management in the Southwest, especially in these states, is that the existing system is based on the climate, which no longer exists due to climate warming. Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) has repeatedly called for updates to reflect the current situation. “The politicians of the 1920s ignored science and promised to provide western cities and farms with more water than the rivers could transport. Therefore, even if there is no climate change, we will be in trouble. But the rising temperature makes the problem worse. By increasing evaporation, less water can reach users,” John Fleck, director of the University of New Mexico Water Resources Program, told Hill. It started to melt significantly. Stanford Forest Environment preceded it. Noah Diffenbaugh, a senior member of the Kimmelman family of the Institute, said that when a water resource deal is reached, “we are about to start negotiating a new set of water management rules for the Colorado River. A discussion of the extent to which a realistic assessment of river flow should be cut off,” Fleck told Hill. There is a danger of repeating mistakes made a century ago and ignoring inconvenient science. But only if we take science seriously can we plan for a difficult future. “At a time when extreme heat threatens to destroy the Texas autonomous power grid, heat and water levels have a major impact on future energy.
Last month, California’s own grid operator issued an assessment warning that extreme temperatures may affect the state. The reason is that lower snow water content than the previous year will definitely affect the state’s electricity. According to Felicia Marcus, William C. Landreth is a visiting scholar in the Western Water Project at Stanford University.