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Rising Lake Mead brings challenges

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For the first time in years, the water level at Lake Mead is rising, and not just by a little bit.

Just a year ago, Lake Mead hit its lowest water level since 1956. Fast-forward one year and the water level is up nearly 30 feet.

To give you an idea of how quickly the water level has been rising, a parking lot boaters were using on July 4th of this year is now 20 feet under water.

While the rising water level is good news, it does create some challenges.

"There are now rocks that are covered with water that weren't covering earlier in the summer," noted boater Glenn Gavin.

For marina operators the rising water has meant moving their operation six times so far this year.

"If the projections pan out and we do continue to go up through this year and next year, it will give us an even bigger buffer," marina general manager Bob Gripentog observed.

Moving a marina involves lifting two dozen concrete anchors from the bottom of the lake and shifting them about 150 feet at a time. Each anchor weighs about 10,000 lbs.

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