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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]

March 29, 2018 — Lake Mead Shortage Averted - For Now — The drought has not been friendly to Lake Mead. Dry winters in the Rockies have reduced snow melts into the Colorado River, which impacts the level of Lake Mead. Still – federal water managers say we’ve managed to skirt an official shortage declaration for a while longer. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation says the lake remains about two feet above the emergency “trigger” line. So how much longer can the lake sustain without forcing southern Nevada and Arizona to take major cuts to their allotment of river water? — knpr.org  10:41

March 21, 2018 — Little-Known California Lawsuit Complicates Drought Plan for Lake Mead States that share Colorado River water are negotiating a Drought Contingency Plan, but a recent lawsuit in California’s Imperial Irrigation District, a main player in the talks, is making things harder — newsdeeply.com

March 19, 2018 — As Weather Warms, What's The State Of Our River? — . . . the Bureau of Reclamation, the federal agency in charge of Hoover Dam, says if nothing else changes and if states don't conserve even more water, then that shortage level is very much a reality in 2019. When that shortage level is hit, which the lake is just 13 feet from right now, the Department of the Interior will take over the distribution of the water and Arizona will be the first state to be required to cut back — knpr.org
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March 19, 2018 — Worsening dry spell won’t tip Lake Mead into shortage – yet — An already dry winter for the Colorado River has gotten worse in recent weeks, but it won’t be enough to send Lake Mead to a record low — at least not right away. Despite worsening conditions in the mountains that feed the Colorado, forecasters still expect the reservoir east of Las Vegas to contain just enough water by the end of the year to avoid a first-ever federal shortage declaration — Las Vegas Review Journal

March 14, 2018 — Scarce Rocky Mountain Snowpack Deepens Southwest Water Supply Concerns — How bad is 2018 snowpack in the southern Rocky Mountains, you ask? Let me count the ways — kunc.org

March 13, 2018 — Southern Nevada Water Authority eyes Pacific desal for long-term supply — The Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA), Nevada, US, is likely to acquire a stake in a desalination project in California or Mexico as part of its long-term strategy, general manager John Entsminger has said — desalination.biz

March 13, 2018 — How A Dying Lake In California Factors Into The Colorado River’s Future — The biggest lake in California is shrinking. The Salton Sea occupies a hot, desert basin a short drive from the Mexico border and it’s been evaporating for years. From the air the lake is pear-shaped, bordered by an intense concentration of farms growing winter vegetables on its south end, and date palms, citrus and brussels sprouts to the north. It’s sustained by the Colorado River water that passes through these farms as irrigation before flowing into the 350 square mile lake — kunc.org

March 09, 2018 — As water shortages loom, how to keep Western rivers flowing — The drought now gripping the southwestern United States feels scarily familiar. In a recent public opinion survey of western voters, 82 percent listed low river levels as their top concern when it came to water. In five of the last seven years the snowpack in the Upper Colorado River Basin on March 1 has registered below the long-term average. It has been nearly two decades since Lakes Powell and Mead, the giant reservoirs on the Colorado River that supply water to some 40 million people and 5 million acres of farmland, were full — the Hill.com

March 08, 2018 — Questions about dams posed by West’s shrinking snowpack — Lake Mead has become a benchmark for worsening water woes of the West. It was something else in 1936, when completion of Hoover Dam was a happy story of triumph, a display of ingenuity and determination for a nation still mired in the Great Depression. At last, the unpredictable Colorado River was tamed! It’s flood waters were finally harnessed to provide electricity but also water for expanding farms and especially for growing cities, Los Angeles first but in time others, too — /mountaintownnews.net

March 07, 2018 — Las Vegas considering Pacific Coast desalination plant in the future — The population of Southern Nevada and the Las Vegas area could grow to about 3.6 million in 50 years and could spark plans for a desalination plant on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, said John Entsminger, general manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority. Southern Nevada now has an estimated population of about 2.1 million, according to the UNLV Center for Business and Economic Research. The population jump to 3.6 million people would be big, but not the biggest in Las Vegas history, Entsminger said recently on Nevada Newsmakers — rgj.com

March 07,2018 — Infighting delays Lake Mead drought plan as water 'bankers' protect control — Lake Mead is unsustainable. The Southwest U.S. needs a plan. On this, everyone agrees. But a fix is hard because water agencies exist to protect their own interests — and while the depth of the reservoir is a piece of that puzzle, so is making sure they get their share of the water. That’s a difficult balance to strike, and it’s led to political tension in Arizona, California and potentially in the U.S. Senate. Nevada is ready to sign off on a drought plan for Lake Mead. But nothing is that easy on the Colorado River — thenevadaindependent.com

March 02, 2018 Study: Snowpack has declined dramatically across US West — PORTLAND, Ore. — Scientists have found dramatically declining snowpack across the American West over the past six decades that will likely cause water shortages in the region that cannot be managed by building new reservoirs, according to a study published Friday — AP

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