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   About GBWN — The Great Basin Water Network (GBWN) protects the water resources of the Great Basin for current and future residents. GBWN is an all volunteer 501c3 Non-Government Organization (NGO). GBWN supports water conservation programs for urban and rural communities that address economic incentives for water smart-practices as opposed to building multi-million dollar water extraction projects. Read the latest GBWN Newsletter [11/2014] Water Gab Newsletter

   Litigation — Southern Nevada Water Authority's plans to convey millions of gallons of groundwater from central and eastern Nevada to Las Vegas have generated a deluge of legal challenges at the state and federal level. Pending before the Nevada Supreme Court is the appeal of Judge Estes' district court decision. At the federal level, GBWN's appeal of BLM's Record of Decision and Final EIS awaits action in federal district court in Las Vegas. Participating parties challenging the water decisions in court include Nevada and Utah local governments, Tribes, businesses, non-profit organizations (like GBWN) and a long list of citizens who have joined the fight: Read the legal Arguments.

   New Information & Documents [August / November 2014]

  • TTROUBLED WATERS: Misleading industry PR and the case for public water — Corporate Accountability International
  • Top 10 Myths about Desalination — By Genevieve D. Minter and Mark Bird
  • USGS Report — Hydrology Groundwater Movement, Snake Valley
  • Nevada State Engineer — Report to the Public Lands Committee on Listening Sessions
  • Pacific Institute — Corporate Water Disclosure Guidelines: Towards a Common Approach to Report Water Issues

   GBWN Events

   In The News — Below are press stories about the ongoing drought in the west, as well as information about the Southern Nevada Water Authority’ (SNWA) “Water Grab” proposed in eastern Nevada and northwestern Utah, along with other development projects that threaten water resources of the Great Basin. [Note: Stories open in new browser window]

December 19, 2014 — Feds ink $300 million Windy Gap water diversion out of Colorado River — Federal water authorities signed off Friday on the $300 million Windy Gap Firming Project to siphon more water out of the Colorado River Basin into a huge new reservoir for the high-growth Front Range. The west-flowing river water — up to 8.4 billion gallons a year pumped back eastward and under the Continental Divide — is expected to meet the needs of 400,000 residents around Broomfield, Longmont, Loveland and Greeley — DenverPost.com

December 17, 2014 — I-Team: Water pipeline leads to years of court battles — The Southern Nevada Water Authority is moving ahead with plans to import water to the Las Vegas valley from underground aquifers in rural parts of Nevada. But is the plan still workable after decades of court battles over the environmental impact of a giant pipeline? . . . "The water of the state of Nevada belongs to the people of the state of Nevada," said John Entsminger, SNWA general manager. "Seven out of every 10 people live here in the Las Vegas valley."— 8NewsSnow.com


. . . "This pipeline is going to cost in excess of $16 billion to build and the water it's going to pump is of very limited nature and the reason you are pumping it is to sustain unreasonable growth in the Las Vegas valley. It just doesn't make sense," said Rob Mrowka, Center for Biological Diversity. Critics of the pipeline say sucking water out of rural aquifers will dry up streams and wells vital to wildlife and agriculture. "It is never going to be built for a number of reasons; the impact on the environment and rural communities is one," Mrowka said. "But even more, it doesn't make economic sense." — 8NewsSnow.com

December 17, 2014 — States in Parched Southwest Take Steps to Bolster Lake Mead — With a 14-year drought in the Colorado River basin showing few signs of breaking, states along the river’s path are taking new steps this month to ensure that Lake Mead — the Colorado River reservoir that is the water source for much of the Southwest — does not fail them — NyTimes.com

December 13, 2014 — The water question: Tapping into one of Utah's biggest challenges — SALT LAKE CITY — As the snow this weekend finally begins to fall in the mountains and Utah hopes for a banner snowpack this year, water managers know one season will not douse the challenges the state faces when it comes to water. Utah is wrestling with a multibillion-dollar problem with solutions that are rarely appealing — pipeline construction, higher water rates or restrictions on watering — but they are priorities that may emerge as the state's leaders begin to grapple with the enormity of the challenge ahead — DesertNews.com
[More Coverage — The water question: The staggering problem of determining water rights — DesertNews.com]

December 12, 2014 — Colorado River states worry about continuing drought LAS VEGAS — Amid worries that crucial multi-state water agreements are beginning to erode due to concerns about supply and ongoing drought, representatives of seven Colorado River basin states are emphasizing cooperation during annual meetings this week in Las Vegas — Standard.net

December 12, 2014 — Report: Colorado River experiment brings life to delta —Dry swaths of Mexico's Colorado River delta revived by an experimental gush of water last spring already show signs of ecological improvements, according to a report released this week — Azcentral.com

December 11, 2014 — Colorado River allocations banked in Lake Mead — A major agreement on how to combat the shrinking water level at Lake Mead was reached Thursday. The pact involved states like Nevada that draw water from the Colorado River — 8NewsSnow.com

December 09, 2014 — EDITORIAL: Pumping Station a Critical Need; Rate Hike a Must — The Southern Nevada Water Authority wants another rate increase, [too] — on top of those imposed the past two years — to build a $650 million pumping station at Lake Mead that would allow the valley to continue drawing water from the shrinking reservoir — RJ.com

December 09, 2014 — After seven years of digging, Vegas reaches its last straw — Sometime today, the authority’s massive underground tunneling machine should break through a reinforced concrete wall at the bottom of Lake Mead, completing its three-mile journey to connect with a 100-foot-tall drain pipe that has been waiting at the bottom of the reservoir since 2012 — RJ.com [More Coverage & Photos]

December 09, 2014 — Colorado's first water plan 'a good first step' — The final draft of Colorado's first formal water plan will be delivered to Gov. John Hickenlooper this week, and it's being characterized by water experts as a "good first step" toward building state-wide consensus on what can and must be done to meet the needs of a growing population — Bizjournals

December 2014 — On-line game is the first step in the big process of engaging the public in planning for the future of Utah. — Envision Utah engages people to create and sustain communities that are beautiful, prosperous, healthy and neighborly for current and future residents — Envision Utah

December 09, 2014 — With future uncertain, Colorado shields its water DENVER — With demand increasing across the West, Colorado is drawing up a strategy to keep some of the trillions of gallons of water that gushes out of the Rocky Mountains every spring — most of which flows downstream to drought-stricken California, Arizona, Nevada and Mexico — AP [More Coverage — SaveTheColorado.org]

December 09, 2014 — Cities look to farms for help in Colorado River drought — As the Colorado River grinds into what could be its 15th year of drought, the West’s biggest water agencies are finalizing a major new agreement to boost water levels in Lake Mead, on the Arizona-Nevada border. Water bosses will likely announce the deal at the annual Colorado River Water Users Association conference, which begins this Wednesday in Las Vegas —hcn.org

December 09, 2014 — Is Las Vegas betting the Colorado River will go dry? — Las Vegas is a city that plays the odds, and if you want to know which odds to play, you need to follow the smart money. Unfortunately, that money seems to be moving toward building yet more dams that will drain yet more water out of an already oversubscribed Colorado River —hcn.org

December 06, 2014 — Las Angeles, City of Water — LOS ANGELES is the nation’s water archvillain . . . Recently, however, Los Angeles has reduced its reliance on outside sources of water. It has become, of all things, a leader in sustainable water management, a pioneer in big-city use of cost-effective, environmentally beneficial water conservation, collection and reuse technologies. Some combination of these techniques is the most plausible path to survival for all the cities of the water-depleted West — NyTimes.com

December 05, 2014 — States expected to reduce water taken from Lake Mead — Arizona and various water agencies in Nevada and California are expected to approve an agreement this month that would reduce the amount of water taken from Lake Mead. The measure is considered a significant step toward protecting one of the main reservoirs of Colorado River water. The lake is at historically low levels because of a 14-year drought — Azcentral.com [Graphic — Lake Mead Water Level: 1940-Current]

December 05, 2014 — California drought the worst in 1,200 years, new study says — The last three years of drought were the most severe that California has experienced in at least 1,200 years, according to a new scientific study published Thursday. The study provides the state with breathtaking new historical context for its low reservoirs and sinking water tables, even as California celebrated its first good soaking of the season — MercuryNews.com [Related Story]

December 04, 2014 — Utilities Worry Water's Becoming UnaffordableWater bills have increased faster than any other and show no signs of slowing down, hitting low-income Americans the hardest. . . . Between 2001 and 2011, water bills grew the fastest as a percentage of income for the poorest customers. Water expenses grew faster than all other utility bills for low-income Americans except electricity — Governing.com

November 27, 2014 — Privateers Make a Water Grab — [This] report identifies worldwide deceptive practices used by the water privatization industry . . . The report describes how water privatization imposes a second cost on the public – it degrades democracy. The author provides many examples of ways in which the "private water industry's political interference threatens the democratic governance and sustainable management of public water systems" — Truth-Out.org

November 24, 2014 — New pump at Lake Mead could mean water rate increase — LAS VEGAS -- Water users could soon be paying more for their water usage . . The Southern Nevada Water Authority says the project could be the last resort if Lake Mead water levels continue to drop. That increase could start next year. This is in addition to the money currently being reflected on bills for a current project underway at Lake Mead — 8NewsNow.com

November 21, 2014 — The supply doesn't exist for California water storage expansion — California's approval of a $7.5 billion water bond has bolstered prospects for expanding reservoirs and groundwater storage, but the drought-prone state can effectively use no more than a 15 percent increase in surface water storage capacity because of lack of water to fill it, according to a new analysis released Nov. 20. — Phys.org

Photo: Jud Burkett / The Spectrum) November 19, 2014 — In Our View: Water hogs According to a recently released report from the United States Geological Survey, Utahns are water hogs. The USGS report, one of a series of reports on water use released by the government agency every five years, details information recorded in their 2010 survey — The Spectrum.com

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images November 17, 2014 — California's drought has reached Biblical-plague proportions. It's time for a drastic measure — Last January, California Governor Jerry Brown declared a State of Emergency following projections of severe drought. State bureaucrats and local officials jumped into action and mandated any number of water conservation tactics. While some have been relatively successful, most will do nothing. In fact, it appears that despite the drought, water use may have actually increased in the past year — TheWeek.com

November 16, 2014 Depleting the water — Lesley Stahl reports on disturbing new evidence that our planet's groundwater is being pumped out much faster than it can be replenished [16 min Video, CBS News]

LA Times November 14, 2014 — New dust-busting method ends L.A.'s longtime feud with Owens Valley Owens Lake resolution — Los Angeles ended a bitter dispute with Owens Valley on Friday with the announcement of a truce in a decades-long dispute over water and dust. Under an agreement between the city and Owens Valley air quality regulators, Los Angeles will use a new, organic method of suppressing airborne dust from the dry bed of Owens Lake, which L.A. drained to slake its thirst in the last century — LA Times.com [More CoverageChanceoffrain.com

Governor Jerry Brown - AP November 14, 2014 — Governors team up to tackle drought crisis — California, Nevada governors join forces to address drought's effect on agriculture SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The governors of California and Nevada met Thursday at a forum aimed at coming up with the best ways to cope with the unprecedented drought affecting the western U.S., now in its third year.

"I think the drought will test our imagination and our science, our technology and our political capacity to collaborate," California Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, said in opening remarks — AP

John Entsminger, senior deputy general manager for the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) November 11, 2014 — Entsminger sees valley’s water glass as half full — Global warming threatens to turn the parched West to toast. Lake Mead’s infamous bathtub ring has been there so long it no longer shocks the sensibilities. And Southern Nevada’s endless thirst has officials considering a controversial, multibillion-dollar pipeline from rural counties that has critics conjuring references to “Chinatown.” But, all things considered, Las Vegas Valley Water District General Manager John Entsminger is feeling pretty good these days. No, really — RJ.com

Credit Monica Almeida/The New York Times November 10, 2014 — MECCA, Calif. — Preserving an Accident, the Salton Sea in California, for the Good of Nature — The area around this town of date palms attracts two kinds of migrants ÿhundreds of humans who work the land, and millions of birds that stop to rest and gorge at the nearby Salton Sea. The sea is a 110-year-old, increasingly briny, shallow lake that covers 350 square miles but is dwindling fast — NyTimes.com

All 2014 News Stories

   GBWN Video Files Baker Family Ranches Video The Consequences...Transporting Snake Valley Water to Satisfy a Thirsty Las Vegas: An Eastern Nevada Rancher's Story is a virtual water tour of Snake Valley. Baker Family Ranches has produced the DVD to help people understand that there is not enough water in Snake Valley to justify the Southern

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