Photos and videos: Navajo Dam and Navajo Lake, August 2021

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DateAugust 14, 2021
LocationNavajo Dam/Lake, New Mexico (map)
PhotographerMitch Tobin
OrganizationThe Water Desk at the University of Colorado Boulder
RightsFree to reuse under Creative Commons license, with credit to Mitch Tobin/The Water Desk

Completed in 1962, Navajo Dam is part of the Colorado River Storage Project. The 402-foot earthen dam was built for irrigation, flood control and water storage. A small hydroelectric plant was added after construction.

Navajo Lake is the second largest lake in New Mexico and a popular recreation site, but drought and aridification have depleted the reservoir in recent years.

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