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  September 2015 —$44 million water agreement between SNWA & Metropolitan Water District of Califorina
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  August 2015 — Nevada Drought Forum — press coverage and selected public comments
  May 2015 — Las Vegas Water Grab Rejected by Nevada Supreme Court
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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.
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October 2015 — What You Need to Know About the Water Crisis in the West — ProPublica
October 2015 — What's Really Warming the World [Interactive Graphic] — Blommberg.com
October 2015 — Unbundling Water Rights: A Blueprint for Development of Robust Water Allocation Systems — Duke Nicholas Institute

October 12, 2015 — Scholars urge more research on future of Colorado River — SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A coalition of scholars across the West is urging the federal government to partner with the National Academy of Sciences to study the future of the Colorado River, including if climate change is leading to reduced stream flow — Denverpost.com

October 10, 2015 — Richard Svindland: Desalination project makes progress — This week, the California Coastal Commission voted to allow operation of California American Water’s test slant well to resume. The test slant well is designed to determine the feasibility of using slant wells as a seawater intake system for a desalination project to serve the Monterey Peninsula region. The commission’s decision affirms that state permitting agencies are committed to requiring desalination project proponents to determine, and then use, the most environmentally protective intake system available — MontereryHerld.com

October 08, 2015 — This year’s El Niño still looks like a whopper — Federal forecasters on Thursday reinforced expectations of a strong El Niño this winter, saying there’s a 95 percent chance the burly weather phenomenon, often linked to rain in California, sticks around until spring — SF Gate

October 08, 2015 — In last year, Lake Mead dropped below 10 million acre feet for first time — The ongoing drought continues to take a toll on the main supply of water for Las Vegas. For the first time since the 1930s, Lake Mead ended the "water year" below 10 million acre feet of storage, according to John Fleck, a writer in residence at the University of New Mexico's Water Resources Program — Las Vegas Sun [Mobil Link]

LRJ, photo of October 03, 2015 — Drought talks could bring legislative showdown in Nevada — CARSON CITY: Everyone and every living thing needs water. The challenge in Nevada is how best to prepare and share when Mother Nature turns off the taps. An unprecedented statewide discussion in late September about drought and water rights in Nevada could signal a looming showdown in the 2017 Legislature over water management
. . . "We need to tie growth more tightly to the wet water we have available," said Howard Watts with Great Basin Water Network, a group that advocates balancing water resources needed for human needs with protection of plants and animals. In many areas of Nevada, water rights recorded on paper exceed the "wet" water actually available — Las Vegas Review Journal [Print PDF] [Mobil Link]

October 02, 2015 — Cash offered to frugal Colorado River water users — SALT LAKE CITY: Protracted drought over the last four years and nagging uncertainty over how Lake Powell will fare in 2016 are prompting a cash-for-conservation program to test how much water can be saved in the Colorado River — Desert News

October 01, 2015 — How Does Selling H2O To Southern California Help Southern Nevada? — Here in the desert southwest, where the drought is beginning to make residents see water as a commodity more valuable than gold, this might surprise you. A deal that transfers some 150,000 acre-feet of water from the Southern Nevada Water Authority to Southern California is seen as a positive move by Moody’s, the global bond credit rating business — KNPR Public Raido

September 30, 2015 — As the Colorado River Runs Dry, Impact Investors Seek Water Solutions — The Colorado River, which supplies water to 35 million people and four million acres of irrigated agriculture across seven states (plus two in Mexico), is running dry after 15 years of drought. That's both a problem and an opportunity for impact investors — Huffington Post

September 28, 2015 — Elko, rest of Nevada need funds for water projects — LAS VEGAS (AP): A milestone pipeline project to keep drawing water from a shrinking Lake Mead is just one of many efforts on a long list of projects aimed at keeping plentiful and cheap tap water flowing in the nation's most arid state. Officials call the $817 million "Third Straw" to Las Vegas the most expensive single water works project ever in Nevada — AP

September 25, 2015 — New Lake Mead straw now delivering water to Las Vegas Valley — The valley's water system entered a new age Friday, as the first drops from a critical new straw at Lake Mead entered the community's distribution system. The Southern Nevada Water Authority's new, $817 million intake went on line and began delivering water to the Alfred Merritt Smith Water Treatment Plant near Lake Mead about 1 p.m. Las Vegas Review Journal

September 25, 2015 — Ken Salazar sees water, energy solutions on horizon — As far as Ken Salazar is concerned, California needs to start living within its water means. In a wide-ranging interview with The Desert Sun, the former Interior secretary said California’s water future will depend mostly on finding ways to use less, not creating new supplies. He also praised President Barack Obama for promoting both clean energy development and domestic oil and gas drilling — The Desert Sun

September 24, 2015 — Governor's Drought Forum — Great Basin Water Network‘s Howard Watts stated his appreciation to be “in a more relaxed environment” where he’s not battling many of the folks in this room at a #NVLeg hearing or in court. He then thanked SNWA for its work on “The Third Straw”… As there looks to be no remaining excuse for any Snake Valley water grab. Watts reiterated Davis’ call for greater conservation and the end of “use it or lose it”. He then called for fairer water rates that ensure the biggest water users pay their fair share and a new statewide water plan that properly addresses this large statewide problem.

Watts also called for smart storage, meaning no new dams, no new reservoirs, and (yes to) new recharging to groundwater. And yes, Watts also requested proper growth management strategy that ties growth to water. Watts then addressed the issue of California coastal desalination. He sounded supportive, calling it a “responsible choice”Let'sTalkeNevada [More Coverage — Public Service News ]

Las Vegas Sun - John Entsminger, general manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority September 24, 2015 — Southern Nevada will have access to enough water for decades, official says — CARSON CITY: The water needed for the Las Vegas area for more than 40 years will be available, a water official said Tuesday, but Southern Nevada will continue its fight to pump millions of gallons a year from rural Nevada. Our community has told us to get the shovel ready but don’t start digging a hole yet,” said John Entsminger, general manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority — Las Vegas Sun [Mobil Link]

September 23, 2015 — Officials: Revise water rules —State and local water rules need revising in order to deal with Nevada’s water scarcity. That was the consensus of water authorities and providers who spoke on a panel Tuesday during the second day of the Governor’s Drought Summit. The three-day summit was convened by Gov. Brian Sandoval to examine and find ways to cope with the state’s ongoing drought — Nevada Appeal [Print PDF]

September 22, 2015 — California seeks to build one of world's largest recycled water programs — The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is in talks with Los Angeles County sanitation districts about developing what could be one of the largest recycled water programs in the world — LA Times [Related Story]

September 22, 2015 — Tweaks to Nevada water law pitched at drought summit — CARSON CITY: Managers and overseers of public water systems joined others Tuesday in recommending tweaks to Nevada water law to reward conservation and spread responsibility to conserve during times of drought. "I think ultimately water rights management has to evolve from the strict prior appropriation to more of a paradigm of shared risk," said John Entsminger, general manager of Southern Nevada Water Authority — Las Vegas Review Journal [Mobil Link]

Photo: Ed Schipul/Flickr September 22, 2015 — Water Conservation, Brought to You by Las Vegas — To understand just how serious Las Vegas has gotten about its water in the past 15 years, consider this scenario that Bronson Mack, who oversees water resources and operations in at Southern Nevada Water Authority, painted for me the other day — OutSideOnline.com

Photo AP - John Locher September 19, 2015 — Report: Vegas has enough water to add 1 million residents — The Las Vegas Valley has enough water to support 1 million more residents, and it should be able to weather at least the next 20 years before any permanent new supplies are needed, according to the Southern Nevada Water Authority's revised 2015 resource plan — Las Vegas Review Journal [Mobil Link] [Print PDF]

2015 SNWA Water Resource Plan: The plan, approved by the SNWA Board of Directors on Sept. 17, 2015, provides a comprehensive overview of projected water demands in Southern Nevada, as well as the resources available to the SNWA to meet those demands over time.

September 17, 2015 — Chances of historic El Niño growing for California — Hopes for a wet winter and spring for drought-parched California grew Thursday as researchers predicted that there’s at least a 95 percent chance of a historic El Niño on the way — SFGate.com [Related Information California Epic Drought Leads to Lowest Snowpack in 500 Years]

September 17, 2015 — Colorado finalizes climate plan — Colorado’s new climate plan calls for an all-hands-on-deck approach, with various state agencies working together, and with the public, to address the potential impacts of rising temperatures — SummitCountyVoice.com

September 17, 2015 — Authority approves leasing water to California — Drought-stricken cities in Southern California will soon get some help courtesy of the Southern Nevada Water Authority. — Las Vegas Review Journal

September 15, 2015 — SNWA could lease water to drought-stricken California — The Southern Nevada Water Authority would dip into its reserves to lease water to drought-stricken California under a plan slated for a vote by the agency's board Thursday. Under the deal, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California would pay the authority almost $44.4 million for 150,000 acre-feet of water, half of Nevada's annual share of the Colorado River [Print PDF] — Las Vegas Review Journal

September 12, 2015 — Study: Colorado River shortage could hit Arizona hard — A shortage of Colorado River water would affect Arizona and the Southwest more than many people previously believed, a new study says. Called “The Bathtub Ring” after Lake Mead’s whitish coating, the study examined potential side effects of a Colorado River supply shortfall. It warns that electricity costs for Hoover Dam power customers would rise sharply, that visitation to Lake Mead could tumble and that California, not just Arizona, would suffer from an early shortage — Tucson.com

September 10, 2015 — Water authority's new straw at lake mead starts to fill — After seven years of construction, the Las Vegas Valley's new straw into Lake Mead now has some water in it. General contractor Vegas Tunnel Constructors began sending the first 11 million gallons into the 3-mile tunnel beneath the bed of the lake Thursday afternoon, marking the latest milestone for a complicated and risky $817 million project on track for completion within the next month or so. — Las Vegas Review Journal [Mobil Link]

September 09, 2015 — Commentary: Nevada agriculture is conservation partner, not enemyTOM BAKER — Last month, the Nevada Drought Forum asked to hear from agriculture about the impacts of the ongoing drought, what actions farmers and ranchers have taken to deal with those impacts, and what actions we’d like to see from the state in the short and long term. As we head into this month’s state Drought Summit, it’s important to correct some misconceptions. Agriculture, especially in California, has been in the media hot seat lately for the amount of water it uses. Pick your enemy: almonds or alfalfa, milk, meat, or melons. Anything but drip irrigation is considered a waste of water. I was heartened to see that in recent public opinion surveys, residents haven’t bought into these skewed perspectives, and support conservation to preserve local agriculture and the environment — Elko Daily.com [Print PDF]

All 2015 News Stories

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