Lake Tahoe

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    • Drought fueled by climate change has dropped Lake Tahoe below its natural rim and halted flows into the Truckee River.

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    • Scientists are concerned that the growing frequency of low-water extremes may become the new normal. 
    • They point to seasonal shifts in weather patterns causing precipitation 
      • Over the past century, the amount of precipitation falling as snow has declined from 52% in 1910 to 33% in 2020 and is projected to drop below 20% by the end of the century.

    About Lake Tahoe

    • Lake Tahoe is a freshwater lake occupying a fault basin on the California-Nevada border in the northern Sierra Nevada, U.S. 
    • It is the second deepest lake in the US, with Crater Lake in Oregon being the deepest in the US.
    • It is fed by numerous small streams, it is drained by the Truckee River to Pyramid Lake, Nevada, about 60 miles (100 km) northeast. 
    • Water is supplied through its western outlet, the Truckee, for the Newlands Irrigation Project in Nevada.

     

    Source: IE