The Southern Nevada Water Authority, representing Las Vegas, Henderson, and N. Las Vegas, has applied for 200,000 acre-feet (65 billion gallons) of water to be pump annually from eastern Nevada through 300 miles of pipeline. The estimated cost is $15 billion dollars.
SNWA is maintaining this water removal from these desert valleys will not result in any harm to resident people or wildlife. Independent hydrologists, however, contend that mining and exporting this much water may indeed cause major environmental degradation and destroy the livelihoods of rural residents and tribal communities in eastern Nevada and western Utah.
The proposed pumping would involve over two hundred wells with associated power lines, roads, and pipelines though several isolated valleys. The Goshute Tribe believes that this water that they depend on for their agricultural and cultural livelihoods will “dry up” if the project is approved.
Round River provides technical assistance to the Goshute Tribe at their request.
Court Rejects Las Vegas’ Groundwater Rights to Rural Valleys
Ruling » Nevada decision fails to protect water users, including those in Utah’s Snake Valley, judge says.
By Brian Maffly | The Salt Lake Tribune
First Published Dec 11 2013 05:37 pm • Last Updated Dec 12 2013 09:29 pm