New satellite imagery documents the effects of the drought on the Colorado River and Lake Mead, as this week the U.S. administration was forced to announce for the first time a shortage of water in the largest U.S. water reservoir and cuts in quotas starting next year.
The Department of Water Resources, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s agency, has announced that Lake immediately reached less than 40 percent of its capacity after 22 years of drought, with the forecast that the decline will continue next year. This is the first announcement since the lake Created more than 80 years ago as part of the project to build the Hoover Dam.
Due to the severe shortage, the administration has been forced to cut water quotas starting in January 2022. Arizona is expected to lose about one.fifth of the amount of water it receives from the Colorado River, Nevada will lose seven percent and supplies to Mexico will be reduced by five percent. “What we always hoped would not happen is already happening,” said the agency’s deputy commissioner, Camille Klimlin Tutton. “The announcement is also an acknowledgment of the difficulty caused by the drought.“
Maxar’s satellite imagery released today has documented in the past year the effects of the severe drought on the Colorado River and Lake Mead, when it can be seen how the level drops and exposes the ground inside the lake and the bank.