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Report: Lake Mead pumps $260M into nearby communities

Report: Lake Mead pumps $260M into nearby communities

A new National Park Service report shows just how much Lake Mead has helped nearby communities last year.

According to the report, in 2013, visitors to the Lake Mead National Recreation Area spent $260 million in communities with 60 miles of the park, which is an $8 million increase over the year before.

The recreation area ranked among the top 10 in visitor spending out of all 401 parks under the National Park Service’s control.

“This is impressive news for our local communities. It shows that despite lowering lake levels and a 16-day government shutdown, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, continues to be a premier recreation destination and a critical economic engine for our gateway communities and partners,” said Bill Dickinson, park superintendent.

Lake Mead supports approximately 2,900 jobs locally. The biggest expenditures were on lodging, followed by food and beverages, gas and oil and admissions and fees.

Another person has disappeared at Lake Mead

 LAKE MEAD, Nev. -- Park rangers are searching for a man who disappeared while swimming north of Callville Bay Marina on Lake Mead.

According to witnesses, the man jumped from a houseboat to swim to shore with a group of people just before noon Tuesday. He has not been seen since.  Metro's Search and Rescue dive team has been requested to help in the search. The team's air unit did not find anyone, when it flew over the scene.

This is now the third active search going on at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Rangers and Metro Police are looking for a 53-year-old Las Vegas man who was reported missing just before noon Sunday south of Willow Beach on Lake Mohave. They are also looking for a 25-year-old Las Vegas man who disappeared just before 2:30 p.m. Sunday near the Boulder Islands on Lake Mead.

Both men jumped off boats to go swimming and neither of them were wearing life jackets.

Family and friends helping with search for missing swimmer

LAKE MEAD, Nev. -- The search continues for two missing swimmers who disappeared Sunday afternoon at Lake Mead.

The first call came in 11:45 a.m. south of Willow Beach and the second around 2:20 p.m. near Boulder Islands.

These are two unrelated incidents; however, neither swimmer was wearing life jackets.

Search and rescue dive teams were out all day Monday, searching for the missing swimmers.

Family members of one of the missing swimmers say they're not giving up on their own search just yet.

It has been a busy day at Lake Mead as park rangers and the Metro Police search and rescue dive team searched for the swimmers who disappeared.

"I think most people under estimate the dangers of the water and most people under estimate the hazard of Lake Mead," park ranger Mark Hnat said.

Irvin Andrade, 25 of Las Vegas, is one of the victims rescue teams have been looking for.

Search resumes for missing swimmers at Lake Mead

LAKE MEAD, Nev. - Search efforts resume Monday for two swimmers who disappeared in unrelated incidents at Lake Mead.

Park rangers suspended their searches Sunday night, but will resume Monday morning.

The first person disappeared Sunday before 12 p.m. at Lake Mohave, just south of Willow Beach. The National Park Service says a man jumped off a boat to go swimming and never resurfaced.

The second incident occurred Sunday shortly before 2:30 p.m. A man vanished while swimming near Boulder Islands.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s Search and Rescue Dive Team aided both searches.

Rangers also rescued two people Sunday. A woman experienced trouble breathing while hiking in White Rock Canyon. Rangers located her and brought her to safety.

Another man nearly drowned while swimming at Ski Cove. Emergency crews air-lifted him to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Progress being made on third straw at Lake Mead

LAS VEGAS -- The more snow on the Rocky Mountains means more water eventually flows into Lake Mead, which keeps southern Nevada from a water shortage.

However, Lake Mead water levels are at their lowest point in decades. Nevada is in the middle of a six-year drought.

The water elevation is currently 1,082 feet, which is seven feet above the mark when a shortage can be declared.

On Thursday, the Southern Nevada Water Authority updated the public on the third drinking water intake at Lake Mead, also known as the third straw.

The intake allows SNWA to get water from deeper below the lake’s surface.

“It's a big project but it's a project that gives us a third option for getting water out of Lake Mead,” General Manager of SNWA John Entsminger said.

After six years, Entsminger says this enormous undertaking is 75 percent complete.

One dead, one injured in crash near Lake Mead

BOULDER CITY, Nev. -- A 28-year-old Las Vegas woman is dead after the vehicle she was in rolled near the Lake Mead National Recreation Area Saturday night.

The accident happened shortly before 11 p.m. on Lakeshore Road. A National Park Service representative says emergency crews air-lifted the woman to a nearby hospital, where she died a short time later.

A Las Vegas man was also in the vehicle. Emergency crews transported him to the hospital with unknown injuries.

The Clark County Coroner's Office will identify the woman once next of kin have been notified.

Low water levels at Lake Mead impact power from Hoover Dam

LAS VEGAS -- Lake Mead is reaching historic lows not seen since the lake was filled in the 1930s. The lower levels are having an impact on the amount of electricity Hoover Dam produces.

The Hoover Dam produces electricity to serve about 1.3 million people a year. Most of the power is purchased by California with about one-quarter of it going to Nevada.

Tour groups can be found at the dam most days. On this particular tour, the guide explains the lower water level.

"The water maintenance level should actually be about halfway up that white line," the guide tells the group.