Vegas Seven

Lake Mead

  • Eco Issue 2017

    A Watershed Moment

    By Kristen Peterson

    Facing reality of desert living.

  • Ask a Native

    Is It True That Lake Mead Almost Overflowed Once?

    By James P. Reza

    While it may seem implausible in the current climate, it's true.

  • The Eco Issue

    Where’s the Bottom?

    Artist Robert Beckmann produced this mixed media piece on Lake Mead and the Valley’s diminishing water supply.

  • Environment

    Diminishing Lake Mead Requires New Solutions

    By Heidi Kyser

    On April 16, the conservation group American Rivers named the Colorado River the most endangered waterway in the U.S. That came within days of the Colorado Basin River Forecast Center’s water supply forecast, which offered up the bad news that Lake Mead is at just 71 percent of average capacity. Then came news reports that the Southern Nevada Water Authority is planning a delivery-charge increase that may or may not (depending on whom you ask) affect customers.

  • Loving Lake Mead

    By James P. Reza

    Eleven years into my Las Vegas residency, and I only have one memory of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area—a beautiful spring day in 2004 when I hiked while my six-month-old son slept in a baby carrier strapped to my back. Nine years and numerous ‘ring-around-the-lake’ comments later, I’m reminded that Lake Mead is a force on the national parks scene.

  • The Year After the Year of Downtown

    By Heidi Kyser and Greg Blake Miller

    In October 2011, city luminaries gathered at the renovated Historic Fifth Street School to declare 2012 The Year of Downtown. They celebrated preservation achievements, such as the school-turned-cultural center; a burgeoning arts scene crowned by the soon-to-open Smith Center for the Performing Arts; and the public-private revitalization partnership between the City and owner Tony Hsieh. Today, looking back at a year that also included the opening of the Mob Museum and the Neon Museum, it’s fair to say that 2012 did not disappoint.

  • Dispatch

    Lake Invaders

    By Pat McDonnell

    The quagga mussel is about half the size of your fingernail. It originates from the Caspian Sea, but in recent times its shells have been irritating the feet of beachgoers on the shores of Lake Michigan. It filters vital nutrients from freshwater, disturbs the food chain, endangers fisheries, excretes carbon, spurs algae growth and clouds the water. Other than that, it’s great.

  • Seven Questions

    Branch Whitney

    By Bob Whitby

    A native of St. Louis, Branch Whitney wanted to move west since his family took a vacation in Colorado when he was 7. His wish came true in 1983, when he left the flatlands for Las Vegas, lured by the bright lights of the Strip and the majestic mountains surrounding it. After a stint as a serious blackjack player and working in sales in the health-club industry, Whitney turned his focus outdoors, exploring his first mountain in 1995. It was the first of hundreds of hikes that have covered—by his estimate—about 3,000 miles of terrain.

  • Recreation

    Inflation Hits Lake Mead

    By Bob Whitby

    Heads up: As of Jan. 15, the price of a visit to the Lake Mead National Recreation Area has doubled, from $5 per vehicle to $10. Lake use fees are also going up, from $10 to $16.

  • Will El Niño feed Lake Mead?

    Weather system could raise our water level substantially, but it still won’t dent the drought If any problem has worried Las Vegans more than the economy it’s been the drought. For 10 years Lake Mead’s volume has decreased, dropping it to a 55-year low and increasing speculation that our metropolis is doomed to run out of water.