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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]

June 08, 2018 — Indigenous people stepping up their opposition to ‘water grab’ — Indigenous people are gearing up to fight the next round in a long battle against Southern Nevada’s thirst for other people’s water. Members of several tribes, including the Navajo and the Southern Shoshoni, met in Las Vegas this week to discuss how to step up their opposition to the massive groundwater pumping and piping project that the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) has spent nearly three decades trying to develop — nevadacurrent.com

May 30, 2018 — How the Colorado River's future could hinge on a little-known California election — A few thousand votes in California's Imperial Valley could have major consequences for millions of people who depend on water from the Colorado River — desertsun.com

May 27, 2018 — 9th Circuit ruling on Walker Lake puts far-reaching water rights issue before Nevada Supreme Court — In 1902, a rancher by the name of Henry Miller — known as the “Cattle King of the West” — brought a lawsuit against Thomas B. Rickey, a Nevada farmer, through his Miller & Lux land company. The issue was water rights on the Walker River, and the fight between the rival ranchers set up more than a century of litigation over a waterway that originates at the edge of Yosemite National Park in California and flows through Nevada to its terminus, Walker Lake — thenevadaindependent.com

May 26, 2018 — 6 things to know about dire challenges to our Colorado River water lifeline — A bruising battle between the Central Arizona Project and many states and water users has revitalized the push for a stillborn plan to prepare for more drought on the Colorado River — tucson.com

May 25, 2018 — PRESSER: BuRec and Walton Family Endorse Massive Fontenelle Dam Expansion; Save The Colorado Will Fight It — the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation sent out a press release saying it would help move forward the biggest proposed new diversion of water out of the entire Colorado River system — savethecolorado.org

May 23, 2018 —Time for action' to avert Colorado River crisis, federal official says — The Colorado River has for years been locked in a pattern of chronic overuse, with much more water doled out to cities and farmlands than what’s flowing into its reservoirs. The river basin, which stretches from Wyoming to Mexico, has been drying out during what scientists say is one of the driest 19-year periods in the past 1,200 years — desertsun.com

May 10, 2018 —We need action,’ federal official tells Colorado River states — The head the federal agency that oversees the Colorado River has a message for state water managers: The outlook is bleak, so quit squabbling and get back to work. In a pointed message Wednesday, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman said drought and low flows continue on the Colorado with no end in sight, so it’s up to those who rely on the river to stave off a coming crisis. “We need action and we need it now — Las Vegas Review Journal

May 09, 2018 — God Said to Make the Desert Bloom, and Mormons Are Using Biblical Amounts of Water to Do It — Utah is one of the driest states in the country, but you couldn’t tell by how much water its residents are using. The average American uses between 80 and 100 gallons a day. In Utah, each individual consumes approximately 248 gallons of water a day — motherjones.com

May 09, 2018 — Another dry year in the Colorado River Basin increases the need for additional state and federal actions — WASHINGTON - 2018 has brought record-low snowpack levels to many locations in the Colorado River Basin, making this the driest 19-year period on record. With the depressed snowpack and warming conditions, experts indicate that runoff from the Rocky Mountains into Lake Powell this spring will yield only 42 percent of the long-term average — usbr.gov

May 02, 2018 — The water war that will decide the fate of 1 in 8 Americans — Lake Mead is the country’s biggest reservoir of water. Think of it as the savings account for the entire Southwest. Right now, that savings account is nearly overdrawn. For generations, we’ve been using too much of the Colorado River, the 300-foot-wide ribbon of water that carved the Grand Canyon, supplies Lake Mead, and serves as the main water source for much of the American West — grist.org

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