First-ever federal water shortage declared for Lake Mead, triggering cuts
For the first time since its construction in the 1930s, the federal government has formally declared a water shortage at Lake Mead, the nation's largest reservoir by volume, on the Colorado River.
Why it matters: The declaration, issued by the Bureau of Reclamation, sets in motion a series of water allocation cuts to downstream states along the Colorado River.
It also serves as a stark warning to a rapidly growing Southwest population that drought, heat and climate change are major threats to the region.
Driving the news: Lake Mead is at record...