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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]

August 14, 2018 — Utah's Big Water Grab . . . To keep the water flowing, the state plans to dip a six-foot-diameter straw into Lake Powell—a reservoir of the Colorado River 140 miles to the east—then suck the water 2,000 vertical feet through five pumping stations and six hydroelectric plants, crossing the Paria River and what used to be Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument — outsideonline.com

August 10, 2018 — New leader takes over as the Upper Colorado River Commission grapples with less water and a drier climate — Amy Haas recently became the first non-engineer and the first woman to serve as executive director of the Upper Colorado River Commission in its 70-year history, putting her smack in the center of a host of daunting challenges facing the Upper Colorado River Basin — watereducation.org

Undated but likely from 2010 — Power Point Presentation (24 Slides –5.8 MB)
How to Fuel Growth in Las Vegas by Burning Regional Biodiversity
By Jack E. Williams, Trout Unlimited, James E. Deacon, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Cindy Deacon Williams, National Center for Conservation Science and Policy, and Austin E. Williams, University of Oregon School of Law

August 13, 2018 — In effort to address drought, Dept. of Agriculture funds water conservation projects for farmers, ranchers — In Diamond Valley, where hundreds of pivoting sprinklers feed alfalfa fields every summer, water is king — and it’s under threat. Years of drought and a history of lax regulation has fueled uncertainty about how long some farmers and ranchers will be able to pump water from the ground. “We are the poster-child for a declining water table,” said Ken Benson, who runs cattle and grows alfalfa at Haystax West, his operation in Diamond Valley, outside the town of Eureka — thenevadaindependent.com

August 06, 2018 — After nearly two decades of drought, state engineer tackles excess water rights and faces a backlash in the courts — The signs of water scarcity are evident around Lake Mead. During nearly two decades of drought, the reservoir that holds back most of Southern Nevada’s water supply has dropped to record lows. But this is not a story about Lake Mead. The country’s largest reservoir, filled by the Colorado River and held back by the Hoover Dam, might be the state’s most visible sign of aridity, yet for many Nevadans, it’s what you can’t see that’s far scarier

August 04, 2018 — NM water boss dismisses Augustin Plains Ranch water application as ‘speculative’ — When Carol Pittman heard that New Mexico’s top water official denied a company’s application to pump groundwater from below the valley where she lives, she was thrilled. “What could be better?” she said. “That project would have just destroyed the place” — nmpoliticalreport.com

August 03, 2018 — Construction starts on 12-mile pipeline to pump water to Apex — Water is expected to start flowing through part of Apex Industrial Park by late 2020 after more than two decades of efforts to jump-start development on this sprawling chunk of vacant land in North Las Vegas — RJ.com

August 03, 2018 — Indigenous communities, groundwater opportunities — Summary: Instead of managing fresh water as one integrated resource, laws frequently treat groundwater separately from more visible, monitored, and managed surface waters. One under-recognized consequence of such legal fragmentation has been uncertainty about whether water rights for indigenous communities, which have been addressed in many countries to varying degrees for surface waters, apply to groundwater . . . . sciencemag.org

July 30, 2018 — Utahns Move Toward Water Conservation While Keeping An Eye On Lake Powell Pipeline . . . Utah's also pushing forward with a plan to tap more water from the Colorado River to serve two counties in the southwestern corner of the state. And that raises at question: Does Utah really need so much water? — kunm.org

July 27, 2018 — Regulatory hurdles await Los Angeles utility proposal to store Nevada solar with the Hoover Dam — For months, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) has been pitching a $3 billion project to store solar power at the Hoover Dam, an ambitious infrastructure to support waning Colorado River hydropower, but one that will likely face significant regulatory hurdles — thenevadaindependent.com

July 24, 2018 — Water engineer talks to Moapa Valley residents about supply strain — evada’s top water regulator hosted a public meeting in Moapa on Tuesday to discuss the future of several rural Clark County groundwater basins he believes are seriously over-appropriated — RJ.com

July 24, 2018 — Hoover Dam was a public works project likened to the pyramids. Now, after channeling a river, what if it could tap the power of the sun and wind? — NYtimes.com

July 19, 2018 —The Water Wars of Arizona — Early one morning in July 2014, Lori Paup awoke in her new home in the Sulphur Springs Valley of Arizona and began unpacking boxes of clothes, hanging photographs and prepping the day’s home-schooling lessons for her two teenage children — NYtimes.com

July 11, 2018 — This Patch of Water Can Predict Southwest Drought — Researchers are starting to shy away from using the word “drought” to describe the miserable precipitation the American Southwest has seen in recent years. Instead, we should think of the dry conditions as the new normal. And in a future with less water, predicting just how little rain or snowfall to expect is increasingly important. That’s why scientists are so worked up about a patch of water off the coast of New Zealand — www.outsideonline.com

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