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  April 23, 2016 — Meeting Notice: Green Desalination for a Water-Secure Nevada [College of Southern Nevada]

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  December 2015 — About the LAS VEGAS WATER GRAB [Published by: The Owens Valley Committee]
  December 2015 — Order Extending Briefing Schedule, Fed lawsuit against ROD) approving SNWA’s Pipeline Project
  December 2015 — Colorado River Basin Open Water Data Initiative (OWDI) [USGS & BR]
  December 2015 — Evaluating connections, aquifers, springs, streams – Great Basin National Park [Fed. Report]
  December 2015 — Nevada Drought Forum — Final Report

  November 2015 — GBWN — Water Gab Newsletter [8 Page PDF]
  November 2015 — Utah's Proposed Lake Powell Pipeline Project [New GBWN Webpage]

  October 2015 — Federal EIS case — Plaintiffs et al.’s: Opening Summary Judgment Motions

  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. [Note: Stories open in new browser window]

Lake Mead is at its lowest level since being filled in the 1930s. -- L.E. BASKOW January 28, 2016 — Can Nevada meet the water needs of big companies it’s luring? Experts think so — When electric car company Faraday Future was thinking of building a manufacturing plant in Southern Nevada, it needed water.Its operation would require 630 acre-feet of water, or about the amount it takes to water one golf course, said John Entsminger, general manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority — Las Vegas Sun [Mobil Link]

January 28, 2016 — High court backs state engineer's water rights decision — CARSON CITY — The state engineer properly imposed incremental development of water rights in a rural Nevada basin granted to Southern Nevada Water Authority, the Nevada Supreme Court ruled Thursday. In a unanimous opinion on a limited technical point, justices denied a petition sought by the Cleveland Ranch owned by the Corporation of the Presiding Bishop of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. . . . But the court's ruling Thursday doesn't mean the water authority will begin pumping groundwater from Spring Valley or three other rural basins near the Utah line anytime soon. In May 2015, the Supreme Court declined to consider challenges to a 2013 ruling in by Senior District Judge Robert Estes in Ely that essentially stripped the authority of the rural water rights — Las Vegas Review Journal

January 28, 2016 — Lawmakers, Utahns wary of Lake Powell Pipeline’s unknown cost — Utahns still aren't sure whether they support the construction of the Lake Powell Pipeline, but the state senate is already on track to hear a bill that could help fund it. After a Wednesday afternoon hearing that attracted an overflow crowd, the Senate Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Standing Committee voted 5-2 to support SB80, which would create a water infrastructure fund and divert a 1/16-cent sales tax to it — Salt Lake Tribune

Photo by - Cataract Canyon, Colorado River January 25, 2016 — Economic Crisis Could Follow Colorado River Cuts — As the threat of water scarcity looms over the West, so does the prospect of water cuts on the Colorado River, an essential water source for large swaths of the country. Cuts could force an economic crisis on the region. “Between them, the seven basin states have an annual Gross Domestic Product of $3 trillion to $3.5 trillion per year — wateronline.com

January 25, 2016 — What can Southern Nevada do about its water problem? — The water level in Lake Mead has dropped to historic lows, forcing the construction of a third straw at the bottom of Las Vegas’ reservoir. Gov. Brian Sandoval’s panel of experts issued a report that recommended more aggressive water-saving plans. If you follow the headlines, it looks as if water in Las Vegas is in dire straits. But while the challenges are great, Southern Nevada may be rising to meet them — Las Vegas Sun

January 20, 2016 — Mountain snows that feed Colorado River look good so far — DENVER: Snowpack in the mountains that feeds the Colorado River is slightly above the long-term average this winter — welcome news in the drought-stricken Southwest. But water and weather experts said Tuesday it's too early to predict how deep the snow will get or how much of it will make its way into the river and on to Lake Powell in Utah and Arizona, one of two major reservoirs on the Colorado. The other major reservoir is Lake Mead, which receives a share of Lake Powell's water as part of the Colorado River Compact — AP

January 11, 2016 — Poll: Nevada voters support solar power, fear for the Colorado River — Ninety-one percent of Nevada voters said low levels of water in the state was a problem, and 70 percent believed that the Colorado River was at risk, according to the 2016 Conservation in the West poll released today by Colorado College’s State of the Rockies program — Las Vegas Sun

January 08, 2016 — How the feds can ensure Western states get more water in 2016 — This summer, as California was struggling through its fourth and most severe year of drought, two California Congressmen unveiled legislation meant to ease the pain. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D) and Rep. David Valadao (R) introduced, respectively, the California Emergency Drought Relief Act of 2015 and the Western Water and American Food Security Act of 2015. Though both are aimed primarily at their home state, the bills’ scope is West-wide — hcn.org

January 04, 2016 — Legislators Sum Up Recent Special Session — The four legislators who represent the Moapa Valley communities are optimistic about the economic benefits that may be on the horizon for northeastern Clark County. We caught up with each of them last week to get a brief review from them on the recent high-stakes special legislative session that was held last month in Carson City . . . One of the major legislative hurdles that the Faraday deal had to face dealt with water — MvProgress.com

January 03 2016 — Report: Lake Mead dropping 12 feet per year — The math is simple. So states a disarming truism in a new report from the Colorado River Research Group, formed of water scholars in four states, “an independent, scientific voice for the future of the Colorado River.” In 2007, the U.S. secretary of the interior adopted interim guidelines for a period of 20 years that sought peace among the seven Colorado River basin states and Mexico, most of which are always ready to grapple over one of the Southwest’s most precious resources: Colorado River water — Postindependent.com

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As more and more people populate the Great Basin, more and more water providers and developers consider tapping ground water to supply new cities and developments. This intense pressure from population growth has created a climate for natural resource exploitation, which threatens a balance between human and natural uses of the Great Basin's limited water resources.

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