Officials announced Sunday that human remains have been found again in Lake Mead, the nation’s largest reservoir, which has been shrinking amid decades of drought.
According to the National Park Service, someone made the discovery at the park’s Swim Beach in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area on the Nevada side at around 11:15 a.m. Saturday. This is the fourth time since May that human remains found in meadow lakeWhere the water level is continuously falling to the historical level.
The NPS said that with the help of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s dive team, park rangers responded and established a perimeter to retrieve the remains.
Officials have said the reservoir’s water level is so low that they could fall into a “dead pool” state, meaning there is too little water to flow downstream.
According to the US Bureau of Reclamation, the minimum water surface level required to generate electricity at Hoover Dam is 1,050 feet. According to the federal agency, when the water level reaches 895 feet, anything below that is considered a “dormant pool” and a “dead pool.”
Satellite images released by NASA last month side-by-side comparison Of Lake Mead, one was taken on 6 July 2000, and the other more than two decades later on 6 July this year.
The depleting water level results in the emergence of body and human organs.
According to the National Park Service, human skeletal remains were found on May 7 near Colville Bay in the lake. The discovery comes a week after a man’s rotten body was found in a steel barrel near the reservoir’s Hemenway Fishing Pier, more than 20 miles from Colville Bay, according to the LVMPD.
Human remains were also found at Swim Beach on July 25.
Officials began investigating the most recent discovery on Saturday, and the Clark County Medical Examiner has been contacted to determine the cause of death.
ABC News’ Julia Jacobo contributed to this report.