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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]

April 21, 2017 — Despite Wet Year, We Need Conservation Across Colorado Basin &mdash ;record precipitation and snowpack in California, atmospheric rivers crashing across the Pacific Northwest and lingering above-average snowpack across Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. And while short-term relief is welcome, we shouldn’t break out the party hats quite yet. As Mother Nature often shows us, we never really know what is right over the horizon – we need to be prepared — newsdeeply.com

April 18, 2017— Lake Mead to get above-average flow of Colorado River water — The federal government plans to release an above-average amount of Colorado River water into Lake Mead this year, but it’s less than many hoped after a healthy snow season across much of the West — RJ.com

April 16, 2017 — USGS finds vast reserves of salty water underground in California — A new nationwide study has unearthed the huge hidden potential of tapping into salty aquifers as a way to relieve the growing pressure on freshwater supplies across the U.S.Digging into data from the country’s 60 major aquifers, the U.S. Geological Survey reports that the amount of brackish — or slightly salty — groundwater is more than 35 times the amount of fresh groundwater used in the U.S. each year — santacruzsentinel.com

April 15, 2017 — Follow a gallon of water from Lake Mead to a Las Vegas tap — RJ.com

April 13, 2017 — How Can The Colorado River Continue To Support 36 Million People In 7 States? — New Yorker staff writer David Owen says that convoluted legal agreements and a patchwork of infrastructure determine how water from the Colorado is allocated. His new book is Where The Water Goes — NPR

April 11, 2017 — California isn’t accounting for this major emitter — hcn.org

April 10, 2017 — American's Most Endangered Rivers, 2017 — The Lower Colorado River provides drinking water for one in ten Americans, nourishes cities including Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Phoenix, and grows approximately 90 percent of the nation’s winter vegetables. However, water demands are outstripping supply, and climate change makes the situation even more urgent — American Rivers

Ryan Webb, a post doctoral fellow with CU and the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR), battling fierce winds and snowfall, heads towards the 2nd of 3 research stations April 08, 2017 — Late March snow reversed early-season melt and rescued Colorado snowpack [NRCS report for April shows statewide snowpack at 107 percent of median]: Late-March snowfall in the high country rescued a flagging snowpack, buoying every river basin in Colorado above normal despite below-average precipitation for the month. The warm and dry weather in early March triggered an early melt, marked by some of the strongest streamflows for the month in decades, but powerful storms at the end of the month left the statewide snowpack sitting at 107 percent of normal, according to the Natural Resource Conservation Service’s Colorado Water Supply Outlook Report for April 1 — Denver Post

April 03, 2017 — Trump, Western storms cast uncertainty on Colorado River — The situation last summer was as clear to accept as it was sobering. Prolonged drought had strained an already overallocated Colorado River, and nowhere was this more visible than at the reservoirs along the river. Behind the Hoover Dam, surface levels at Lake Mead, from which Las Vegas draws most of its water, dropped to a low not seen since the lake was filled in 1935. Water managers said states likely would face cuts to their supplies — The Las Vegas Sun [Print PDF]

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