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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]

Photo Kyle Roerink - ED GBWN February 07, 2020— Nevada NewsMakers —the guest is Kyle Roerink, Executive Director, Great Basin Water Network

January 03, 2020 — Is customer-based water conservation a drop in the bucket in Southern Nevada? — Reduced precipitation from climate change and disputes over Colorado River water rights loom over Nevada’s water supply, but the agency that oversees it says officials can manage the uncertainty with a boost from new conservation programs and legislative mandates — thenevadaindependent.com

December 31, 2019 — Nevada NewsMakers — Today's guest is: Kyle Roerink, Executive Director, Great Basin Water Network - GBWN — nevadanewsmakers.com

December 23, 2019 — OPINION: To Sprawl or not to sprawl, that’s the dilemma — By Chris Giunchigliani — thenevadaindependent.com

December 19, 2019 — Water authority looks at investment in Southern California water reuse project —in exchange for Colorado River water — The Southern Nevada Water Authority has expressed interest in helping finance a wastewater reuse project being pursued by Southern California’s municipal wholesale water provider. The goal: To free up Colorado River water. The concept looks something like this . . . thenevadaindependent.com

December 16, 2019 — Equity, climate on the table at Colorado River conference as new negotiations loom for Southwest water managers — After years of deliberations over how to cut back water use on the Colorado River, Southwest water managers clicked pause on a new round of negotiations — likely to be even more challenging — during a conference in Las Vegas last week. Sort of — thenevadaindependent.com

December 10, 2019 — Water cutbacks set to begin under deal designed to ‘buy down risk’ on Colorado River — Arizona, Nevada and Mexico will start taking less water from the Colorado River in January as a hard-fought set of agreements kicks in to reduce the risk of reservoirs falling to critically low levels. The two U.S. states agreed to leave a portion of their water allotments in Lake Mead under a deal with California called the Lower Basin Drought Contingency Plan, or DCP, which the states’ representatives signed at Hoover Dam in May — azcentral.com

December 09, 2019 — Las Vegas groundwater management a success, but overpumping issues loom — When John Hiatt moved to southwest Las Vegas in 1976, the water level for his domestic well was 115 feet below the surface. A decade and a half later, it dropped to 140 feet. Until 1971, groundwater below the earth’s surface was the only source of water in the Las Vegas Valley, Southern Nevada Water Authority spokesperson Bronson Mack said. By the 1970s, population growth and rampant overpumping of the Las Vegas aquifer forced changes to water management, including a transition away from widespread groundwater use to the current reliance on water from the Colorado River — Las Vegas Sun [ Print PDF]

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   GBWN Video Files Baker Family Ranches Video The Consequences...Transporting Snake Valley Water to Satisfy a Thirsty Las Vegas: An Eastern Nevada Rancher's Story is a virtual water tour of Snake Valley. Baker Family Ranches has produced the DVD to help people understand that there is not enough water in Snake Valley to justify the Southern

2020 Snake Valley Calendar now available
As more and more people populate the Great Basin, more and more water providers and developers consider tapping ground water to supply new cities and developments.

This intense pressure from population growth has created a climate for natural resource exploitation, which threatens a balance between human and natural uses of the Great Basin's limited water resources. Your purchase of this calendar will help support the efforts to preserve and protect the natural resources, wildlife, and economy of the Snake Valley.

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