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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 ongoing drought in the west; press stories also cover the Southern Nevada Water Authority's "water grab" in Nevada and Utah; and other "mega" water projects that threaten the Great Basin. [Note: Stories open in new browser window]

May 24, 2016 — PUC’s [Nevada] decision goes beyond solar to water conservation — Those of us who live in water-stressed areas are accustomed to creating abundance for our sometimes-unforgiving desert homes. Among U.S. cities, Las Vegas ranks last in annual rainfall, yet it’s famous for swimming pools, golf courses and shark tanks — Las Vegas Sun   [Mobil Link]

Expand Map May 26, 2016 — Good and bad news for Colo. River Basin — Conditions in the Upper Colorado River Basin, particularly in Colorado, are OK for the time being, officials said Wednesday during a “state of the river” address in Rifle. However, the largest of several caveats to that statement falls in the context of the entire Colorado River Basin, specifically the lower basin, where water use continues to outpace supply — postindependent.com   [Print]

Lake Mead May 22, 2016 — Lake Mead hits all-time low amid ongoing drought — LAS VEGAS - The surface level at Lake Mead has dropped as planned to historic low levels, and federal water managers said Thursday the vast Colorado River reservoir is expected to continue to shrink amid ongoing drought. The closely controlled and measured lake shrunk Wednesday to its lowest point since Hoover Dam was completed in 1936 - with a surface level of 1,074.68 feet above sea level — CBS News

May 20, 2016 — Unplugging the Colorado River — WEDGED between Arizona and Utah, less than 20 miles upriver from the Grand Canyon, a soaring concrete wall nearly the height of two football fields blocks the flow of the Colorado River. There, at Glen Canyon Dam, the river is turned back on itself, drowning more than 200 miles of plasma-red gorges and replacing the Colorado’s free-spirited rapids with an immense lake of flat, still water called Lake Powell, the nation’s second-largest reserve — NyTimes.com

May 19, 2016 — Early warning signal’: Lake Mead hits historic low — Lake Mead’s surface Wednesday evening hit its lowest level since the man-made reservoir was created by the building of the Hoover Dam in 1935. The surface of the lake – a critical source of water for Nevada, California, Arizona and Mexico – is expected to drop lower in the coming weeks, but rebound before the beginning of next year, when jurisdictions would be asked to accept shortages in supply — Las Vegas Sun

May 18, 2016 — Plaintiff Center for Biological Diversity’s reply in support of Motion for Summary Judgment; and in Opposition to Defendants’ and Intervenor’s Motions for Summary Judgment: Case 2:14-cv-00226-APG-VCF Document 111 Filed -- PDF 50 pages — Center For Biological Diversity

May 18, 2016 — Interactive Slide over these photos to see the drought's effect on some of the state's [CALIF] big reservoirs — LA Times

May 18, 2016 — In Sharp Reversal, California Suspends Water Restrictions — LOS ANGELES — California on Wednesday suspended its mandatory statewide 25 percent reduction in urban water use, telling local communities to set their own conservation standards after a relatively wet winter and a year of enormous savings in urban water use — NyTimes.com

May 18, 2016 — [Jack Worlton, In My Opinion] The [Lake Powell] pipeline: Getting the numbers right — am writing this guest editorial to correct some problematic numbers that are often encountered in the discussions about the Lake Powell Pipeline proposal. The first problematic number concerns the question of how many people the local waters in Washington County can support — thespectrum.com

May 17, 2016 — Arizona officials call for tightened limits on Lake Mead water use — WASHINGTON – Arizona officials said Tuesday it is time to end the “gentleman’s agreement” currently governing states’ use of water from Lake Mead and instead put tougher restrictions into law. “Arizona needs more certainty that the water is going to stay in Lake Mead if we’re going to keep putting water there,” said Thomas Buschatzke, director of the Arizona Department of Water Resources — cronkitenews.azpbs.org

May 15, 2016 — Study finds Colorado River groundwater lacks protection — Groundwater delivers more than half the water flowing in the Upper Colorado River Basin and needs to be protected from overuse, a newly published U.S. Geological Survey study says. Water managers have tended to focus on surface water when setting policies for rivers and streams. The study says water managers will need to think of surface and groundwater as linked, managing both to maximize river flows — santafenewmexican.com [Mobil Link]

Many 13, 2016 — Thanks El Niño, But California’s Drought Is Probably Forever — Drought is a tricky thing to define. It is not just a matter of how little water falls out of the sky. If it were, you would be forgiven for believing that California’s wettish winter had ended, or even alleviated, the worst drought in state history. But no. Despite the snow in the Sierra Nevada, the water filling Lake Shasta, and the rapids in the Kern River, California is still in a state of drought. For now, maybe forever — wired.com

May 12, 2016 — State Panel Orders Lake Powell Pipeline Repayment Plans Released — A state panel ruled Thursday that Utah citizens have a right to know more about how they might be expected to pay for the proposed Lake Powell Pipeline — kuer.org

he Colorado River flows near Arches National Park near Moab, Utah, on Feb. 14, 2016. (Photo: Jay Calderon, Jay Calderon/The Desert Sun) May 11, 2016 — Salton Sea a concern for IID in Colorado River talks — Much of the water that California receives from the Colorado River flows to the Imperial Valley, where canals spread out across fields of hay, wheat and vegetables of all sorts, from carrots to broccoli. Because the Imperial Irrigation District holds the single largest entitlement to water from the river, its participation would be vital in any agreement for California to share in water cutbacks to avert a looming shortage in Lake Mead, the nation’s largest reservoir. But major hurdles remain for the district to support a potential deal, and the reasons begin with the shrinking Salton Sea — Desert Sun .com

May 07, 2016 — As Lake Mead sinks, states agree to more water cuts — Three years ago, state hydrologists in the Colorado River Basin began to do some modeling to see what the future of Lake Mead – the West’s largest reservoir – might look like. If the dry conditions continued, elevations in Lake Mead, which is fed by the Colorado River, could drop much faster than previous models predicted. For decades, the West’s big reservoirs were like a security blanket, says Anne Castle, the former assistant secretary for water and science at the Interior Department. But the blanket is wearing thin. Under normal conditions, Lake Mead loses 1.2 million acre-feet of water every year to evaporation . . . summitdaily.com

Hank Vogler May 06, 2016 Video: Meet the Nevada rancher fighting to stay on his land — Hank Vogler spent the last 40 years building his dream ranch in the arid lands of eastern Nevada. But a plan to transfer water from ranches like his to slake the thirst of Nevada's largest city threatens his livelihood. This sheep rancher says he won't give up without a fight — High Country News
This video is part of a series produced by Corey Robinson about water issues around the United States. Follow @coreyrobinson on Instagram and National Geographic's Water Currents to see the rest.

May 06, 2016 — Sally Jewell sees progress in Colorado River talks — Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said the United States and Mexico are making important progress in talks on a new accord to share water from the Colorado River, which is badly over-tapped and approaching critical shortage levels — Desert Sun

All 2016 News Stories


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