Lake Mead hits all-time low amid ongoing drought

A rider with scales sits upon a black horse. This depiction is represenative of a scarcity of food and famine.

Lake Meade

CBS/AP – May 22, 2016

LAS VEGAS – The surface level at Lake Mead has dropped as planned to historic low levels, and federal water managers said Thursday the vast Colorado River reservoir is expected to continue to shrink amid ongoing drought.

The closely controlled and measured lake shrunk Wednesday to its lowest point since Hoover Dam was completed in 1936 – with a surface level of 1,074.68 feet above sea level.