IID pushing forward on plan to place additional water in Lake Mead

Lightning strikes over Lake Mead near Hoover Dam at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Arizona. Water levels at Lake Mead and Lake Powell are dropping to dangerous levels due to ongoing drought that could begin automatic cuts to water delivers in Arizona, Nevada and Mexico. The IID currently is moving to finalize a drought contingency plan that would help keep more water behind the dam to ensure enough water is available if the drought continues. AP PHOTO

EL CENTRO — The Imperial Irrigation District is moving forward with plans to finalize a drought contingency plan that would ensure enough water remains in the Colorado River to support area residents and agricultural operations if an ongoing drought worsens through 2020.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has reported that by 2020 the chance of a shortfall in Lake Mead — the river’s biggest reservoir — are now 57 percent, up from 52 percent as projected in May.

Staff Writer Chris McDaniel can be reached at cmcdaniel@ivpressonline.com or 760-337-3440.

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