Lakes Mead and Mohave, which are the centerpieces of Lake Mead National Recreation Area (LMNRA), provide many significant benefits that have made the modern development of the Southwestern United States possible. Lake Mead is the largest reservoir by volume in the nation and it supplies critical storage of water supplies for more than 25 million people in three Western States (California, Arizona, and Nevada). Storage within Lake Mead supplies drinking water and the hydropower to provide electricity for major cities including Las Vegas, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Tucson, and San Diego, and irrigation of more than 2.5 million acres of croplands (National Park Service, 2010). Lake Mead is arguably the most important reservoir in the nation because of its size and the services it delivers to the Western United States (Holdren and Turner, 2010).
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Introduction and summary of findings: Chapter 1 in A synthesis of aquatic science for management of Lakes Mead and Mohave