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The Great Basin Water Network (GBWN) protects the water resources of the Great Basin for current and future residents. Read our 40 questions and answers about the Las Vegas Water Grab Las Vegas Water Grab Rejected by Nevada Supreme Court Press Releases, GWBN Newsletters & Other Documents

In The News — Below are press stories about the Southern Nevada Water Authority's "water grab" in Nevada and Utah as well as other "mega" water projects that threaten the Great Basin and/or the Colorado River system. [Note: Stories open in new browser window]

May 10, 2018 —We need action,’ federal official tells Colorado River states — The head the federal agency that oversees the Colorado River has a message for state water managers: The outlook is bleak, so quit squabbling and get back to work. In a pointed message Wednesday, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman said drought and low flows continue on the Colorado with no end in sight, so it’s up to those who rely on the river to stave off a coming crisis. “We need action and we need it now — Las Vegas Review Journal

May 09, 2018 — Another dry year in the Colorado River Basin increases the need for additional state and federal actions — WASHINGTON - 2018 has brought record-low snowpack levels to many locations in the Colorado River Basin, making this the driest 19-year period on record. With the depressed snowpack and warming conditions, experts indicate that runoff from the Rocky Mountains into Lake Powell this spring will yield only 42 percent of the long-term average — usbr.gov

May 02, 2018 — The water war that will decide the fate of 1 in 8 Americans — Lake Mead is the country’s biggest reservoir of water. Think of it as the savings account for the entire Southwest. Right now, that savings account is nearly overdrawn. For generations, we’ve been using too much of the Colorado River, the 300-foot-wide ribbon of water that carved the Grand Canyon, supplies Lake Mead, and serves as the main water source for much of the American West — grist.org

April 30, 2018 — Big Challenges for Colorado River States That Want to Conserve Water — IN EARLY APRIL, federal forecasters came out with a sobering but not surprising prediction for many Colorado River water users after a grim snowpack across much of the Colorado River basin this winter. They projected that as the snow melted and entered the Colorado River system, much less water would flow into Lake Powell this spring than is normal. The forecast expects inflows to be about 46 percent of average, one of the lowest runoffs on record — newsdeeply.com

April 26, 2018 — Colorado River water to Apex: City partners with developer for 12-mile pipeline, will test water authority's reuse policies — In a significant step toward bringing companies to the Apex Industrial Park, the City of North Las Vegas approved an agreement to build a 12-mile pipeline in partnership with two limited-liability corporations managed by developer Weston Adams. Economic development officials hope the new pipeline makes the park an attractive site for multiple industries, from manufacturing to distribution centers, following decades of false starts in conveying water to the arid land — thenevadaindependent.com

April 19, 2018 — Arizona agency’s actions over Lake Mead ignite water fight — A top official from the Southern Nevada Water Authority is calling on states that rely on the Colorado River to resolve their differences before a growing dispute derails decades of cooperation on the river — Las Vegas Review Journal [More coverage — tucson.com

April 17, 2018 — Desalination in Las Vegas? Faraway Ocean Could Aid Future Water Needs — SIN CITY HAS never been a place that thinks small. So it should come as no surprise that Las Vegas – about 300 miles from the Pacific Ocean – is pondering seawater desalination to meet its long-term water demand — newsdeeply.com

April 17, 2018 — 10 questions about the 11 proposals to save the Salton Sea — Less than fifteen miles from where Beyonce took the stage at the Coachella Music Festival, the Salton Sea is in crisis. As evaporation causes the sea's shoreline to recede, more of the toxic chemical matter previously embedded in the water is being exposed and swept up into the atmosphere by desert winds — desertsun.com

April 16, 2018 — Toilet to Tap' Water Surprisingly Good, Study Finds — /wvxu.org

April 15, 2018 — A look inside new pump station under construction at Lake Mead — Las Vegas Review Journal

April 10, 2018 —Southern California water agency backs 2 Delta tunnels in breakthrough vote — After a decade of planning and debate, the controversial Delta tunnels project got a huge cash infusion Tuesday and took a giant step toward becoming reality. In a historic decision, the wealthy Metropolitan Water District of Southern California voted to take a majority stake in the $16.7 billion twin-tunnels project, a plan championed by Gov. Jerry Brown as a way of protecting the water supply for more than 25 million Southern California and Bay Area residents — sacbee.com

April 04, 2018Colorado River’s retreat begins in the Rocky Mountains [4:04] — azcentral.com

April 04, 2018 — After dry winter, Colorado River forecasters look for 6th-driest runoff year— Colorado River forecasters say the Southwest should brace for the sixth-driest runoff season into Lake Powell since the government erected Glen Canyon Dam there 55 years ago — azcentral.com

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