High good, low bad: Mead in April 2013

Posted on | May 2, 2013 | 1 Comment

Abandoned Mojave Desert near Yermo, CA. Photo: Emily Green

Lake Mead dropped roughly five and a half feet in April, 2013, leaving the largest storage reservoir in the U.S. 50% full. At the end of April, its sister reservoir upstream on the Colorado River, Lake Powell, was 48% full according to  a weekly system update from the federal Bureau of Reclamation. Roughly 100 miles west of Lake Mead, near Barstow, California, the at least twice-failed amusement park “Lake Dolores” (latterly the “Rock-a-Hoola Waterpark“)  was theoretically immune to supply vagaries of the river serving seven US states and Mexico. It ran on Mojave Desert groundwater. A contractor found on site yesterday, when these photos were taken, seconded Internet chatter that there are plans to re-open it. 

"Rock-a-Hoola Waterpark" near Barstow. Photo: Emily Green"Rock-a-Hoola Waterpark" near Barstow, CA. Photo: Emily GreenFor a complete photo essay of the derelict water park of the Mojave, this time from water news aggregator Chris “Maven” Austin, click here.


One Response to “High good, low bad: Mead in April 2013”

  1. George Babineau
    May 7th, 2013 @ 3:53 am


    Its more than an exciting development creating a sustainable permaculture through incorporation of the solar station, and the mojave aquafier, wind turbines, and a Desert Agriculture Center. All on the same parcel as the RV Park and resort. Spring 2014.


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