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A bleached "bathtub ring" is visible on the banks of Lake Mead on Aug. 19, 2022. The lake's water levels continue to fall, leading to a grim pattern for local authorities: the discovery of human remains. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Since May, authorities have now uncovered four sets of human remains at Lake Mead, as the country's largest reservoir deals with extremely low water levels. Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Lines mark previous water levels at the Hoover Dam on Lake Mead in Boulder City, Nevada, U.S., on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. The reservoir level at the Hoover Dam has plunged to its lowest since it was first filled in the 1930s. Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Climate Change Is Threatening The U.S. West's Water Supply

The past year has been the driest or second driest in most Southwestern U.S. states since record-keeping began in 1895. Climate Correspondent Lauren Sommer reports that farms and cities have begun imposing water restrictions, but the water supply will shrink no matter what the weather brings. The supply spans tens of millions of people and the farmland that produces most of the country's fruits and vegetables. As a result, the people who manage the West's complex water systems are realizing that with climate change, they can no longer rely on the past to predict the future.

Climate Change Is Threatening The U.S. West's Water Supply

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What If The Drought Doesn't End? 'The Water Knife' Is One Possibility

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Lake Mead is at its lowest levels since it was built in the late 1930s. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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As Lake Mead Levels Drop, The West Braces For Bigger Drought Impact

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