Nevada's Lake Mead to rise 20 feet in 10 months

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Federal officials say the wettest year in more than a decade will let Colorado River water managers send more water to drought-ravaged Lake Mead this year.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation says the reservoir behind Hoover Dam should rise almost 20 feet in the next 10 months.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that bureau officials will send

11.56 million acre-feet of water through the Grand Canyon from Lake Powell to Lake Mead this year.

On average, the bureau sends a minimum of 8.23 million acre-feet of water from Lake Powell to Lake Mead per year.

The allotment should avoid a shortage declaration that would have required Nevada and Arizona to cut river water use.

The Las Vegas area draws about 90 percent of its drinking water from Lake Mead.


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