WWII boat emerges from narrow Lake Mead | New
LAS VEGAS – A sunken boat from World War II is the latest object to emerge from a shrinking reservoir straddling Nevada and Arizona.
The Higgins landing craft that has long been 185 feet below the surface is now almost halfway out of the water at Lake Mead.
The boat is within one mile of Lake Mead Marina and Hemingway Harbor.
It was used to survey the Colorado River decades ago, sold to the marina and then sunk, according to diving tour company Las Vegas Scuba.
Higgins Industries in New Orleans built several thousand landing craft between 1942 and 1945, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. About 1,500 “Higgins Boats” were deployed in Normandy on June 6, 1944, known as D-Day.
The boat is just the latest in a series of objects unearthed by falling water levels in Lake Mead, the largest man-made reservoir in the United States, held back by the Hoover Dam. In May, two sets of human remains were found in the space of a week.
Experts say climate change and drought have caused the lake to drop to its lowest level since it was full about 20 years ago.
As water levels drop at Lake Mead and Lake Powell upstream on the Arizona-Utah line, western US states are increasingly facing deeper supply cuts from of the Colorado River. The lower levels also impact the hydroelectricity produced at the Hoover Dam and the Glen Canyon Dam, which holds back Lake Powell.
U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Camille Touton said last month the agency would take steps to protect the system if the seven Colorado River Basin states don’t quickly find a way to reduce use. of up to 4 million acre-feet. of water – more than the share of Arizona and Nevada combined.
An acre-foot is approximately 325,850 gallons. An average household uses between one-half and one acre-foot of water per year.
Both states, California and Mexico have already passed voluntary and mandatory cuts. Water from some upper basin reservoirs – Wyoming, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah – was released to support Lake Powell.