America's Largest Reservoir Keeps Shrinking

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The Hoover Dam, which impounds Lake Mead is pictured on April 13, 2014.  (Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images)

Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the United States, is at an alarmingly low level. It provides water to Nevada, Arizona and other desert states, and the West Coast drought is creating even more dependency on the reservoir.

Adam Burke, news director for Nevada Public Radio, has been covering the shrinking lake, and describes a visible bathtub line where water once stood. He discusses efforts to preserve Lake Mead’s water supply with Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson.


  • Adam Burke, news director for Nevada Public Radio KNPR. He tweets @adamknpr.
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