On The Way to Hoover Dam

A couple oldie photos for ya, I’m on the freeway obviously, the other image is a very low Lake Mead water level. The lake hasn’t seen full pond since the 1980’s which totally sucks.

13 thoughts on “On The Way to Hoover Dam

  1. Elephant Butte Dam, which was the largest dam in the US until Hoover Dam was built, was full in the late 80s when water flowed over the spillway for the first time. We had gone to a bicycle race in Silver City in 1988 and stopped by Elephant Butte Dam on the way home and watched the water rushing over the spillway. We went to Spaceport America in 2012, 24 years later, and stopped by Elephant Butte Dam on the way home, and the lake was almost empty.

    • OM Gosh Timothy, that’s so terrible! I have to wonder how many more thirsty humans can live in Vegas considering Lake Mead. It’s folks like me moving here that aggravate this problem.

      • True. As I think I said before, Lake Meade has a leak. As for Elephant Butte, the eighties were very wet years. All the dams in New Mexico were full and flooding in the late eighties. Then we got back into our normal dry climate through the 1990s into the 21st Century. Then we started having true drought conditions through 2015 that really emptied our lakes. The lakes have been rising again with more rain and snow over the past 4 or 5 years.

        • Where is it leaking to? An ancient volcanic river far below? I watch plenty of programming on geology. I hope not! I hope the southwest gets much more rain soon. And the Colorado Rockies get more snow to help fill Lake Mead. I was chatting with my neighbor a bit ago about the lake and the drought today. It’s a major concern, one which has me wondering if I should leave here and go home to Michigan!

          • You are not much of an impact on the lake. Michigan would probably drive you to drinking or worse after living in the desert sunshine. Lake Meade not filling is a bit of a mystery. There has been a lot of snow in the Rockies that should be filling the lake but it doesn’t fill. A fault line could act as a leak.

            Cochiti Dam that is 45 miles north of us on the Rio Grande is the largest earthen dam in the US. They only use it for flood control and pond minimal amounts of water behind it under normal conditions. It’s built over a major fault and ponding a large amount of water over a fault lubricates the fault increasing the likelihood of major movement in the fault. In the eighties, they had to allow Cochiti Lake to fill flooding parts of the Bandelier National Monument.

            If Cochiti had not been there or if it had broken from a water-induced earthquake (talk about breaking water), our property would have been flooded. We are 1000 feet from the Rio Grande and 16 feet below the river bed.

            • Wow, that’s a risky piece of land you have if I may say so. I agree, Michigan would make me so depressed for lack of sunshine Timothy. Even these darker days in winter here affect me. That’s a serious birth!

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