March 15, 2013

Our Visit to Hoover Dam

This past week, I traveled to Las Vegas for a Home Depot Manager’s Meeting.  I wanted to give my colleagues and traveling companions a treat and get them out of Vegas for a very special field trip to one of the seven modern civil engineering wonders of the United States - Hoover Dam.  I had visited this massive structure many years ago, but I really wanted to see it again and give the others a big thrill.  Considered to be the world’s largest dam and an engineering marvel at the time of its construction in the 1930s, Hoover Dam brings much-needed water and power to the Southwest.  However, due to a severe drought, water levels are dropping in Lake Mead and engineers are scrambling to produce the same amount of power from the hydroelectric grid with less water.

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