More human remains found at Lake Mead as water levels drop due to drought

National Park Service rangers found more human remains at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area east of Las Vegas over the weekend.

Why is this important: It is the fourth such discovery at the nation’s largest reservoir by volume since May, as a mega-drought drops Lake Mead water levels to the lowest since 1937, per access point.

Details: “National Park Service rangers received an emergency call reporting the discovery of human skeletal remains at Swim Beach in Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Nevada, Saturday morning, according to a NPS Statement.

  • Park rangers worked to recover the remains with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s dive team, the NPS said.
  • The Clark County Medical Examiner is investigating the cause of death.

Driving the news: The southwest is in the throes of a mega-drought that lasts more than two decades and studies show it is worse than any in at least 1,200 years, which is largely due to climate change , notes Axios’ Andrew Freedman.

The big picture: Lake Mead spans Nevada and Arizona and is part of the vast Colorado River basin that provides water for agriculture and human consumption to seven states, while generating electricity for the huge Hoover dam.

Go further: New discovery of Colorado River drought shows how bad things can get

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