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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]

December 12, 2017 — Feds give initial OK to Utah’s application to build Lake Powell pipeline – but with a major, unexpected twist — Federal regulators have tentatively approved Utah’s application to build the Lake Powell Pipeline, but they’ve also thrown the state an unexpected curveball. On Tuesday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a notice that it had accepted Utah’s application to construct the 140-mile pipeline, intended to pump Colorado River water from Glenn Canyon Dam to St. George and 12 other southern Utah communities. That, FERC said, clears the way for a full study of the project’s environmental impacts — www.sltrib.com

December 05, 2017 — Colorado River ‘personhood’ case pulled by proponents — A novel case seeking personhood for the Colorado River will not proceed in federal court after the plaintiffs filed a motion Sunday to dismiss their own lawsuit and a judge on Monday granted the motion and dismissed the case — aspenjournalism.org

December 03, 2017 — A county in Utah wants to suck 77 million gallons a day out of Lake Powell, threatening the Colorado River — un-scorched desert mesa, 140 miles of it, lies between Lake Powell, the nation’s second-largest reservoir, and Utah’s Washington County, one of America’s driest metropolitan regions. It’s a long way in miles — but not insurmountable to the Washington County Water Conservancy District, which is charged with ensuring a rapidly growing desert community has water. The district plans to link the reservoir and the county with one of the longest and most expensive water pipelines ever proposed in the West — LA Times

November 21, 2017 — The big picture of Colorado’s water plan – two years in — Join us this week on our podcast, We Are Rivers as we dive into the first of our podcast series on the Colorado Water Plan. Join us in Episode 6: The Big Picture of Colorado’s Water Plan — americanrivers.org

View, from the Green River, of the confluence with the Colorado River, in 2016.  BRENT GARDNER-SMITH/ASPEN JOURNALISM November 19, 2017 — Supporters seeking rights for Colorado River meet in Denver, amend complaint — DENVER: Beneath the dim red glow of string lights at the Mercury Cafe in downtown Denver, about 25 people gathered Tuesday afternoon to rally support for a lawsuit against the state on behalf of the Colorado River. The case, the first of its kind in the United States, has the potential to shift American environmental law by granting nature a legal standing. The suit lists “the Colorado River Ecosystem” as the plaintiff along with people who hope to serve as “next friends” for the river and represent its interests in court — aspenjournalism.org

November 07, 2017 — Glen Canyon – tough decisions surround a colorado river flashpoint — Since its creation, through today, Glen Canyon Dam has had its supporters and adversaries. Our newest episode of the We Are Rivers podcast dives into issues, opinions, and controversy surrounding Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell — americanrivers.org

November 03, 2017 — Colorado River Levels Declining Significantly Because of Climate Change, USGS Study Finds — One of the West's key water sources has been in serious decline in recent decades, according to a new study from the U.S. Geological Survey — weather.com

November 03, 2017 — Will Apex need Colorado River water? Probably — With Faraday Future gone, water remains a factor in fully developing the Apex Industrial Park, a vast 21,000-acres stretch of land that North Las Vegas has viewed as its economic lifeline since the recession. Even if North Las Vegas finds an anchor tenant to replace Faraday, some question how it will reconcile attracting new water users to a region with limited water supplies. Since the 1990s, much of the Apex conversation has centered on how to secure water and deliver it. With the exception of few wells, there is not much water infrastructure at Apex — thenevadaindependent.com

November 01, 2017 — Statewide Groundwater Pumpage Inventory [in Nevada] calendar year 2015 — State of Nevada

October 31, 2017 — Rising temperatures are undermining the source of one third of Southern California’s drinking water: the Colorado River — new study by the US Geological Survey finds the river’s flow has shrunk by about seven percent over the past 30 years. As air temperature rises due to increasing emissions of greenhouse gases, more water is sucked into the atmosphere from the snowpack and the river itself instead of flowing downstream. The amount that has evaporated is equal to approximately 24 percent of the total amount of California’s annual Colorado River allocation. “These are pretty significant amounts that are being lost as temperatures have gone up,” said lead author Gregory McCabe, a climate scientist with USGS in Denver — scpr.org

Photo -- LA Times October 30, 2017 — Who controls the water? Arizona agencies slug it out — For three years, federal, state and local water officials have hunted for a solution to declining water levels at Lake Mead, a key drinking-water source for Tucson, Phoenix and their suburbs. But in the past few months, a bitter power struggle between Arizona’s two top water agencies has ground that effort to a halt — tucson.com

October 30, 2017 — Water Fight Tied Directly To Arizona's Growth — Oct. 30--Gov. Doug Ducey's office is pushing a series of controversial proposals to overhaul state water management. One reason is to assure investors that Arizona has enough water for future economic development. But water agencies are warring over how to make sure there's enough water for long-term growth, and whether that means saying "no" to some short-term uses —centurylink.net

October 29, 2017 — Could water supply hinder Utah County's business growth? — Housing and business are booming in Utah, and the state is growing. But could water limit that? “The only limiting factor to the growth of Utah is our water supply,” said Gov. Gary Herbert at the Utah Global Forum on Oct. 17, speaking of the challenges the state faces in the future — heraldextra.com

October 26, 2017 — Groups File Lawsuit to Stop New Diversion and Protect Flows in Colorado River — DENVER, CO— A coalition of environmental groups today filed a lawsuit in federal court to prevent additional diversions from the already struggling Colorado River. The suit questions the need for the Windy Gap Firming Project, which is a plan to divert on average an additional 30,000 acre-feet or 9 billion gallons of water annually from our state’s namesake river to pipe, store, and use on the Front Range — savethecolorado.org

Leah Hogsten | Tribune file photo) Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell. New filings by the state of Utah indicate the proposed Lake Powelll Pipeline's $1 billion-plus in construction costs will mean state borrowing and an increase in water prices in Washington County. October 20, 2017 — Lake Powell Pipeline will require state borrowing and higher water bills, Utah tells federal regulators — Specifics remain fuzzy, but a clearer picture is emerging of just how much Washington County residents might have to pay for water from the proposed Lake Powell Pipeline — and it isn’t going to be cheap. It’s also likely the state will have to borrow money to help pay for a majority of the southern Utah pipeline’s construction costs, judging from new documents filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) — www.sltrib.com

October 20, 2017 — Utah submits more details on Lake Powell pipeline licensing — SALT LAKE CITY: Utah submitted additional paperwork on the proposed Lake Powell pipeline to the federal licensing agency conducting the review of the $1.3 billion project. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission asked for additional details on cultural resources potentially impacted by the pipeline's 140-mile route, financial feasibility and cost impacts, as well as available per capita water-use data for the past six years — ksl.com

October 20, 2017 — How much will the Lake Powell Pipeline cost? It's still being studied — How much the Lake Powell Pipeline might cost and how it could be funded are still very much open questions, according to a letter filed this week by Utah water managers with federal regulators — thespectrum.com

Photo by Joe Klamar, AFP October 19, 2017 — How Las Vegas Aims to Be the Next Silicon Valley for Water Innovation — With millions in state funding, a new startup incubator has begun luring water innovators to Las Vegas. The goal is to create a destination for water entrepreneurs akin to the culture of Silicon Valley. . . Not everyone is thrilled with WaterStart’s direction. Howard Watts, spokesman for the Great Basin Water Network, a Nevada-based environmental group, said the program seems overly focused on the needs of its four large water-user partners, and on urban water issues — Newsdeeply.com

October 18, 2017 — The Colorado River Has Its Own Lawyer Now — The Colorado River, mighty enough to have helped carve the Grand Canyon, starts in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado and flows for 1,450 miles through Utah, Arizona, Nevada, California, and Baja California on its way south to Mexico. Advocates have now given the river voice and have asked the federal district court to designate the river as a person with legal standing — nonprofitquarterly.org

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