Transcript for scene 4 of the video " Water Crisis: Healing the Colorado River - part 1" by Rolf Witzsche  

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Lake Mead is one of two major reservoirs

Lake Mead is one of two major reservoirs on the river. It was formed by the Hoover Dam. The lake has a surface area of 640 square kilometers with a maximum storage capacity for 35 billion cubic meters of water. It presently holds less than 12 billion cubic meters. 

The draw-down of the lake resulted primarily from contractual obligations for water being released at the Hoover Dam. The release exceeds the river's diminishing flow volume, because of the drought.

 

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