/ Modified jun 20, 2016 9:29 a.m.

What Does Lake Mead's Record Low Level Portend for State?

'Arizona Week' explores current conditions, future prospects for key water supply.

Lake Mead is at a record low water level, 1,072 feet above sea level, or between 36 percent and 37 percent of its capacity.

Arizona Week Friday explores the status of the lake's water level and what it means for Arizona's cities, farms and for the lake's recreational offerings.

"It was designed to be a reservoir, a holding reservoir, to capture the water in good years, so that it could control the river from flooding, trickling and flooding," said Rose Davis of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, "but also so it could be a good source of water, a reliable source of water, for years to come."

It has been, but now at 37 percent of capacity and no end in sight for a 16-year drought, Davis and others are concerned about the future of the lake and the Colorado River that feeds it and flows from it.

On the program:

  • Rose Davis, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.
  • Chuck Cullom, Central Arizona Project.
  • Dan Bunk, hydrologist, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.
  • Bronson Mack, Southern Nevada Water Authority.
  • Chelsea Kennedy, National Park Service.
  • Bruce Nelson, Las Vegas Boat Harbor & Lake Mead Marina.
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