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‘Where there’s bodies, there’s treasure’: A hunt as Lake Mead shrinks

By Joshua Partlow Photo: Roger Kisby

Matt Blanchard and Shawn Rosen had settled into their 18-foot motorboat, put beers on ice and waited their turn at the last functioning boat launch on this rapidly disappearing body of water. It wasn’t until the old Bayliner was chugging away that Rosen mentioned an ulterior motive for their mid-June excursion.


Las Vegas declares turf war on lawns as drought worsens

By Phil Lavelle Photo: Caitlyn Ochs , Reuters

Lawmakers last year outlawed turf that is only decorative, and property owners across the city are replacing grass with a mix of artificial turf and desert-friendly plants.


‘The moment of reckoning is near’: Feds warn huge cuts needed to shore up Lake Mead, Colorado River

By Janet Wilson Photo: Ethan Miller, Getty Images

A top federal water official told Congress on Tuesday that shortages on the Colorado River system have taken an even grimmer turn, with a whopping 2 million to 4 million acre-feet of reduction in water use needed by 2023 just to keep Lake Mead functioning and physically capable of delivering drinking water, irrigation and power to millions of people.


NASA’s ECOSTRESS Sees Las Vegas Streets Turn Up the Heat

By Carol Rasmussen

On June 10, Las Vegas reached a record daily high temperature of 109 degrees Fahrenheit (43 degrees Celsius), and temperatures of the ground surface itself were higher still. NASA’s Ecosystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment on Space Station (ECOSTRESS) instrument recorded this image of surface temperatures at 5:23 p.m. that day.


Las Vegas to save 10 billion gallons of water with new plan amid megadrought

Millions of people in southern California are facing new water restrictions thanks to a megadrought crippling the Southwest. But southern Nevada has been conserving water for years. The area’s latest move is to tear out all non-functional grass to save nearly 10 billion gallons of water. CBS senior environmental correspondent Ben Tracy reports.


Las Vegas becomes unlikely model for water conservation

By Ben Tracey

Millions in Southern California are facing new water restrictions due to a megadrought crippling the Southwest, but across the border in Nevada — they’ve been conserving water for years. Now, officials in Las Vegas are going a step further by ripping out all the water-guzzling grass that serves no real purpose.


Lake Mead could still tank in 2023, despite all we’ve done to save it

By Joanna Allhands

Whatever buffer we may have had (or thought we had) at Lake Mead, it is quickly disappearing. The May 24-month study makes that plain. The monthly, two-year forecast from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has once again been revised down, with lake levels hitting a new potential low of 1,007 feet of elevation in November 2023.


The Colorado River is in crisis, and it’s getting worse every day

By Erin Patrick O'Connor Photo: Matt McClain

It is a powerhouse: a 1,450-mile waterway that stretches from the Rocky Mountains to the Sea of Cortez, serving 40 million people in seven U.S. states, 30 federally recognized tribes and Mexico. It hydrates 5 million acres of agricultural land and provides critical habitat for rare fish, birds and plants.


Office of Energy report: Nevada targets 50 percent clean renewable energy by 2030

By Jeff Munson

The Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy released its annual Status of Energy Report on Friday. In accordance with Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) Chapter 701.160, GOE is required to report on its objectives, activities and coordination toward its mission to ensure the wise development of Nevada’s energy resources.


Nevada tops list for best solar economy in U.S.

By Matt Vaughan Photo: Terri Russell

Nevada has the biggest solar economy in the United States according to a report from The website analyzed data from the Solar Energy Industries Association, ranking states by the number of solar jobs per 1,000 in the non-farm sector, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The data shows that Nevada has about 4.5 solar jobs per 1,000 (6,174 total jobs), along with 75,379 installations.