7 dry states warily watch as Lake Mead shrinks

Posted: August 13, 2014 at 4:47 a.m.

The whitish rock formation on the edge of Lake Mead at Hemenway Harbor shows how far the water has dropped at the Nevada reservoir, its lowest level since it was created in the 1930s.

Once-teeming Lake Mead marinas are idle as a 14-year drought steadily drops water levels to historic lows. Officials from nearby Las Vegas are pushing conservation but also are drilling a new pipeline to keep drawing water from the lake.

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