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Lake Mead reveals a WWII-era boat that sank as the water level plummeted

California imposes restrictions on the use of water

Dating of sunken ships Returning to World War II is the latest object to emerge from a shrinking reservoir that straddles Nevada and Arizona. The Higgins lander, which had been 185 feet below the surface for a long time, was almost halved from the surface of Lake Mead.

Boats are less than 1.6 km (1 mile) from Lake Mead Marina and Hemenway Harbor. According to the diving tour company Las Vegas Scuba, it was used to explore the Colorado River decades ago and sank after being sold to a marina.

The Higgins Industries of New Orleans built thousands of landing craft between 1942 and 1945, the Las Vegas Review Journal reported. On June 6, 1944, about 1,500 "Higgins Boats" known as D-Day were deployed in Normandy.

This boat is the latest in a series of objects excavated by the low water level of Lake Mead, the largest artificial reservoir in the United States. By Hoover Dam. In May,two sets of human bodieswere discovered during the week.

According to experts, climate changeand droughthave lowered the lake to its lowest level since it was full about 20 years ago.

World War II-Era Boat Now Visible In Lake Mead, As Its Water Level Continues To Recede
The sunken WWII Higgins lander has been revealed as a waterline near Lake Mead Marina. It continues to descend on July 1, 2022 at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Nevada.  Getty Images

As water levels drop on both Lake Mead and Lake Powell, upstream of the Arizona-Utah line, the western states of the United States are increasing. Faced deeper and deeper. Reduce supply from the Colorado River. Lower levels also affect the hydropower produced at Hoover Dam and Glen Canyon Dam, suppressingLake Powell.

US Pioneer Commissioner Camille Toon said last month that seven states in the Colorado River basin would take steps to protect the system if they didn't immediately figure out ways to reduce usage. .. 4 million acre-foot of water — more than the combined share of Arizona and Nevada.

Acre-foot is about 325,850 gallons. The average household uses 0.5 to 1 acre-foot of water annually.

Two states, California and Mexico, have already enacted voluntary and compulsory reductions. Water was released from several upstream reservoirs, including Wyoming, New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah, to support Lake Powell.

Farmers use most of the river supply.

  • Nevada
  • California
  • Utah
  • Drought

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