Dear Friends of the Great Basin,
2017 is drawing to a close. And what a BIG YEAR it was:
- We and our diverse allies stopped AB 298, the harmful water bill that would have turned Nevada water law on its head.
- Our crack legal team convinced the federal district court to send the pipeline's Environmental
Impact Statement back to BLM. The judge found it lacking in mitigation for wetlands and wildlife
- We presented more evidence in the FOURTH hearing on Spring, Cave, Dry Lake and Delamar valleys. A decision is expected by the Nevada State Engineer in the spring.
- We led a Great Basin Water Tour of the pipeline route to engage urbanites and young leaders in
the water fight while enjoying the Snake Valley Festival.
We're very excited about our latest project, a short video that tells the story of the Water Grab in
the words of the people affected. The film showcases the beauty of Water Grab territory and the
stark reality that there isn't extra water for SNWA's 84-inch, 300-mile, $15.5 BILLION folly impacting
eastern Nevada and Utah's West Desert. The video will be released in January and used for events
and on social media to amplify our messages about the Water Grab. See trailer here —
The pipeline project is a crude 20th century scheme unfit for the technology and challenges of the
21st century. It's a clumsy, costly, short–sighted “solution” that ignores warming temperatures, a
drying climate, and sustainable alternatives for livable arid communities.
Great Basin Water Network is one of a kind. Unfortunately, stopping water grabs and suing public
agencies doesn't attract much foundation funding. We depend on you to stay feisty and successful.
When you give to GBWN, your dollars are used for the water fight. We're all–volunteer except for our
attorneys and experts.
2018 will see the likely appeal of the State Engineer remand decision, further wrangling in federal
court with the BLM EIS, and more water tours and video screenings to extend our messaging and
outreach to opinion leaders and the next generation.
We depend on contributions of all sizes to help fund our legal work, our outreach, and to sustain the
water fight. Please consider a tax deductible donation to GBWN. Thank you for your new or
continuing support now and in the New Year.
Abby Johnson, President
P.S. Some people say the Water Grab fight is complicated. But in the video, water warrior Hank Vogler boils it down to this: “You're gonna have Reno, Las Vegas…..and a sand dune?”
Great Basin Water Network is an IRS approved tax exempt 501 (c) (3) organization.