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Master of Environmental Science and Management: Master's Group Project

The Bathtub Ring: Implications of Low Water Levels in Lake Mead on Water Supply, Hydropower, Recreation, and the Environment

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Group Members: Ning Jiang, Season Martin, Julia Morton, Skyler Murphy

Faculty Advisors: Christina (Naomi) Tague

Client: Western Water Policy Program - University of Colorado


Final Report


This Master’s thesis project strives to support Basin decision-makers by providing qualitative and quantitative frameworks on implications of low water levels for water supply vulnerability, hydropower generation, Lake Mead’s recreation industry, and the ecology of the Lower Colorado River corridor. Specifically, the project explores the impacts to each stakeholder group if Lake Mead reaches each key elevation outlined in the Interim Guidelines, as well as 1,000’.

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