One of America’s most popular recreation areas, Lake Mead represents a major source of energy and recreation for residents of the Southwestern United States. Starting in 1936, the damming of the Colorado River in the Black Canyon enabled Hoover Dam to be built, which generates 4.2 billion KWh annually for for the whole Las Vegas metro area and Southwestern region. Lake Mead formed behind the dam, which now serves as a major recreation area. Drought conditions have impacted Lake Mead severely in recent years and water levels in the nation’s larger reservoir have dropped precipitously. In June 2010, Lake Mead was at at 39 percent of capacity.
Created by: James Crowell, Jr.
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