Lake Mead might be bone dry by 2021

The water system that bathes the Southwest in water as well as powers most of our electricity (via the Hoover Dam’s turbines) is already at half capacity, and could be kaput by the time you were planning on selling that new house in San Diego you just bought.

The study’s findings indicated that there is a 10 percent chance that Lake Mead could be dry by 2014 and a 50 percent chance that reservoir levels will drop too low to allow hydroelectric power generation by 2017. There is a 50 percent chance the lake will go dry by 2021, the study says.

Researchers say that even if water agencies follow their current drought contingency plans, those measures might not be enough to counter natural forces, especially if the region enters a period of sustained drought or if human-induced climate changes occur as currently predicted.

“We were stunned at the magnitude of the problem and how fast it was coming at us,” said study coauthor Tim Barnett of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography of the University of California at San Diego. “Make no mistake, this water problem is not a scientific abstraction, but rather one that will impact each and every one of us that live in the Southwest.”

That’s right, folks.  In less than ten years, Los Angeles could be a ghost town, and people might be playing black jack in Vegas by candlelight.  I hope you enjoyed driving that Hummer around after watering your lawn all day.  We are so fucked.


Oklahoman by birth. Angeleno by fate. I've been in half a dozen bands and own 25 cubic feet of old records. Thank God for Ikea shelves.

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