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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]

September 21, 2016 — Anne Castle: Our worn out water security blankets — Anne Castle is a senior fellow at the Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy, and the Environment at the University of Colorado, focusing on western water issues. Ms. Castle served as the Assistant Secretary for Water and Science at the U.S. Department of the Interior from 2009 to 2014 where she oversaw water and science policy for the Department and had responsibility for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Geological Survey — Mavensnotebook.com [Print PDF]

September 20, 2016 — Who will pay for Powell pipeline? All of us, U. economists say — Taxpayers can expect to foot up to 72 percent of the controversial Lake Powell Pipeline's costs, according to University of Utah economists who analyzed repayment models developed in support of the billion-dollar-plus proposal to pipe Colorado River water 140 miles to St. George. The analysis by scholars Gabriel Lozada and Gail Blattenberger concluded that the financial consultant for the Washington County Water Conservancy District underestimates the project's costs, fails to consider interest on state bonds that would be issued, and ignores operating and maintenance costs — sltrib.com

September 14, 2016 — State engineer orders hearing on water authority’s plans for rural Nevada basins — CARSON CITY: The state engineer on Wednesday reopened some issues surrounding Southern Nevada Water Authority’s plan to tap into eastern Nevada’s groundwater and pipe it to Las Vegas. After a two-hour status conference with about a dozen attorneys, the state engineer’s office ordered a new hearing on the authority’s monitoring, management and mitigation plans for four rural Nevada basins — Las Vegas Review Journal [More press news ] [Mobil Link] [ View live stream of the meeting ]

September 13, 2016 — Water Priorities: Draft Plan Heads For Completion Amid Criticism — A state task force is polishing its report to Gov. Gary Herbert on preparing for Utah’s future water needs. Some environmentalists are criticizing the group for snubbing public input. The work of the 38 people on the Governor’s Water Strategy Task Force is nearing an end, and members met to get their first look Tuesday at a report they’re hoping to finalize by the year’s end — kuer.org [More Coverage] [Editorial]

September 09, 2016 —The forecast for Lake Mead: Hot and dry with plenty of anxiety — A reckoning arrives every August for the Colorado River and the 40 million people across the West who depend on it. After water managers measure annual inflows and outflows and do their best to estimate future precipitation in places as far-flung as northwestern Wyoming and southwestern New Mexico, they make a pronouncement that once was arcane but has become increasingly prominent — and ominous — LA Times

September 07, 2016 — City launching negotiations to bring water to Faraday, Apex — Water could flow by March 2018 to Faraday Future and other tenants that might someday move into the Apex Industrial Complex. With no discussion, the North Las Vegas City Council unanimously agreed Wednesday night to start negotiating with a company to design, build and help secure the financing for a $185 million infrastructure project that would connect Apex to the city’s water supply system — Las Vegas Review Journal [Mobil Link]

September 05, 2016 — Water authority takes conservation effort to new heights with airborne lasers, cameras — The Southern Nevada Water Authority isn’t spying on you exactly, but your landscaping is under high-tech surveillance. The region’s wholesale water supplier is using a combination of aerial photography and high-resolution laser mapping to track what is growing in the valley and figure out how much water those plants might need — rj.com

September 05, 2016 — Feds' water use forecast was too good to be true — It sounded too good to be true — an official forecast that 2016 water use in Arizona, California and Nevada will be the lowest since 1992. That forecast from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation was too good to be true — by the bureau’s own admission. It was widely reported recently as a sign of major progress toward conservation. But what the bureau calls its more accurate forecast, while still showing progress, is significantly higher, predicting water use in the states will be its lowest in 11 years — not 24 — Tucson.com

All 2016 News Stories


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