My first visit to Hoover Dam, and it’s incredible to see both how big the dam is and how low the water level is behind the dam. In December of 2021, the water elevation of Lake Mead was 1,065 feet above sea level – almost 200 feet lower than its maximum level, and the lowest level since the 1930s, when the lake basin was still being filled.
Local historian Vinnie Nykiel gave a talk on hydroelectric power in the Lamoka Valley on June 17.
In the early twentieth century, there was an ambitious plan to dam the entire valley (which would have flooded a vast area, including the Lamoka Lake archaeological site).
A preview of his talk to the Town of Wayne History Group is at the Corning Leader.