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    in 18 months, lake mead will be so low, the upper pumps will draw air.  

    Low Colorado River may force historic action for Lake Powell

    The Colorado River’s meager flows and Lake Powell’s plunging water line are expected to trigger significant cutbacks in releases from Glen Canyon Dam for the first time in its 47-year history, a prospect that is renewing calls on Utah and other upper basin states to shelve diversion projects and has Las Vegas talking about seeking federal disaster relief.

    July’s actual flow into the reservoir separating the Colorado River’s upper and lower basin turned out be about 100,000 acre feet less than forecast, or 13 percent of July’s normal inflows, according to Michelle Stokes, of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

    "That was the huge shocker. The month before was 35 percent of normal," said Stokes, the hydrologist in charge of NOAA’s Colorado Basin River Forecast Center. And the outlook for the next several months is not much better.

    Ted Kennedy: “The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die…”

    by jlms qkw on Wed Aug 14, 2013 at 09:19:22 PM PDT

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