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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]

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

October 18, 2017 — Accusations fly over water use data, Lake Powell Pipeline — SALT LAKE CITY: As Utah continues to ramp up efforts to boost the accuracy of water use data, a longtime foe of the Lake Powell Pipeline project is accusing proponents of deliberately misleading a legislative committee over water availability in southern Utah. The Utah Rivers Council is asking Utah State Auditor John Dougall to determine if any laws were broken in an Aug. 22 meeting of the state Water Development Commission, where officials gave an update on the proposed 139-mile pipeline — Desertnews.com

October 16, 2017 — Money-for-water experiment gaining steam in Colorado River basin . . . The money-for-water program was an experiment, launched in 2014 by the four largest municipal water providers in the Colorado River Basin along with the Bureau of Reclamation. The goal: Find out whether it was feasible to pay ranchers to use less water on their fields — summitdaily.com

October 15, 2017 — Western Arizona tribes could lease Colorado River water to areas thirsty for development . . . The tribal water rights are significant because Supreme Court decisions on how to divvy up the river have been based on how many acres can be irrigated with the water. With more than 100,000 acres of farmland along the river, the Colorado River Indian Tribes were allotted 662,000 acre-feet of water for Arizona land and another 57,000 acre-feet for the California portion of the reservation — azcentral.com

October 13, 2017 — Latest round of hearings conclude — On Friday, Oct. 8, the Nevada State Engineer’s Office concluded its latest round of hearings on the controversial plan by Southern Nevada Water Authority to take groundwater from eastern Nevada and pipe it over 250 miles to Las Vegas. The two-week proceeding by the state’s top water official comes after a state district court sided with White Pine County, Great Basin Water Network, and allies, finding that the previous 2012 rulings on the same applications granted more water than was available — Ely Times [Print PDF]

October 12, 2017 — Why Southern Nevada Is Fighting to Build a 250-Mile Water Pipeline — Decades after it was first proposed, Southern Nevada Water Authority is still pushing for a pipeline to send rural groundwater to the Las Vegas area. But others are questioning whether the project is really needed — newsdeeply.com [Print PDF]

October 10, 2017 — NPS preps low-water plan for Lake Mead’s worst-case scenario — National Park Service officials are seeking input from the public as they prepare for the worst at Lake Mead. The service is developing a low-water plan to address access and infrastructure issues should the lake’s surface fall another 130 feet to levels never before contemplated — RJ.com

September 29, 2017 — Ranchers criticize Southern Nevada water agency’s pipeline plan — The vast, empty valleys of eastern Nevada could lose everything — from their springs and native plants to the visible blanket of stars above — if the Southern Nevada Water Authority is allowed to siphon groundwater from beneath them to feed growth in Las Vegas. That was the message in Carson City on Friday during the brief public comment portion of the latest state hearing on the water agency’s massive pump-and-pipeline project — Las Vegas Review Journal

September 28, 2017 — Ruling on Southern Nevada water agency’s pipeline project months away — The Southern Nevada Water Authority will have to wait until next year to learn the fate of its plans to siphon groundwater from rural eastern Nevada. State Engineer Jason King won’t issue his ruling on the authority’s groundwater applications until late January at the earliest, according to a schedule set this week during an ongoing state hearing on the project — Las Vegas Review Journal

September 27, 2017 — US, Mexico Expand Pact On Managing Overused Colorado River — The United States and Mexico have agreed to renew and expand a far-reaching conservation agreement that governs how they manage the overused Colorado River, which supplies water to millions of people and to farms in both nations, U.S. water district officials said — AP

September 26, 2017 — Corporations Have Rights. Why Shouldn’t Rivers?— This is the essential question in what attorneys are calling a first-of-its-kind federal lawsuit, in which a Denver lawyer and a far-left environmental group are asking a judge to recognize the Colorado River as a person — NYtimes.com

September 25, 2017 — Southern Nevada water agency opens hearing on pipeline The Southern Nevada Water Authority defended its plans to tap rural groundwater — and even made a pitch for more — as the latest state hearing on its massive pump-and-pipe project got underway Monday in Carson City. During opening statements before State Engineer Jason King, the authority’s lead attorney argued that the agency could safely take even more groundwater than it was awarded in previous state rulings on the multibillion-dollar plan — Las Vegas Review Journal

September 22, 2017 — Southern Nevada water agency’s money-losing sideline – ranching, farming — ELY — After a decade on the range, the cows all start to look the same. For the Southern Nevada Water Authority, this is by design. When the wholesale water supplier for the Las Vegas Valley started buying rural Nevada ranch property in 2006, the purchases came with a mismatched assortment of livestock — Las Vegas Review Journal

September 04, 2017 —Down with the Glen Canyon Dam? — Activists claim that decommissioning the dam will save water and restore a wild canyon. Are they right? — .hcn.org

August 31, 2017 — Judge orders more studies for water grab — It is not too often a judge’s ruling is greeted by all sides as a victory, but that is what happened after federal Judge Andrew Gordon issued a 39-page opinion in the fight over the Clark County water agency’s bid to tap groundwater beneath White Pine, Lincoln and Nye counties. Judge Gordon said the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) could grant right-of-way for a 300-mile network of pipelines across public land, but first it has to address plans to mitigate the potential loss of wildlife habitat due to a draw down of the water table [Print PDF]

August 23, 2017 — Judge sends Las Vegas water pipeline plan back to feds for a fix — A federal judge tapped the brakes Thursday but didn't stop a proposal for a massive and expensive water pipeline to draw underground water from rural valleys along Nevada's eastern edge to supply the growing Las Vegas metropolitan area. The federal Bureau of Land Management needs to take another look at possible environmental effects of the Southern Nevada Water Authority project and identify what can be done about them, U.S. District Judge Andrew Gordon said — AP
  [Read the judges ruling -- 39 page PDF]
  [More coverage — Las Vegas Review Journal]
  [Read the Press Release by the The Center for Biological Diversity]

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