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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 Southern Nevada Water Authority's "water grab" in Nevada and Utah as well as other "mega" water projects that threaten the Great Basin and/or the Colorado River system. [Note: Stories open in new browser window]

2018 — Water Grab Opponents Declare Victory — Nevada State Engineer Rejects SNWA’s Water Applications — GBWN

December 16, 2018 — State engineer proposes legislation to update Nevada water law, reviving a debate over mitigation and the Las Vegas pipeline — Water is in short supply throughout the West, and in many areas of Nevada, the nation’s driest state, there is simply not always enough water to go around. And that creates conflicts. . . . “AB30 threatens senior rights holders and assumes that there is excess water in the nation’s driest state,” Kyle Roerink, the executive director of the Great Basin Water Network, wrote in an email. “The words ‘water grab’ aren’t in the bill, but the implications are written all over it.” — thenevadaindependent.com [Print PDF ]

2018 — Great Basin Water Network hires Executive Director — The Great Basin Water Network’s Board of Directors announced that it has hired Kyle Roerink as the organization’s first-ever executive director. The decision comes as the Water Network continues to fight the Southern Nevada Water Authority’s 300-mile, $15 billion pipeline, which would remove 58 billion gallons of water annually from the heart of the Great Basin and lower parts of Eastern Nevada’s water table by up to 200 feet — elynews.com [Print PDF ] [More Coverage -- This Is Reno]

December 14, 2018 — A larger issue looms over short-term Colorado River plan: Climate change — LAS VEGAS: With the water level in Lake Mead hovering near a point that would trigger a first-ever official shortage on the Colorado River, representatives of California, Arizona and Nevada are trying to wrap up a plan to prevent the water situation from spiraling into a major crisis — zcentral.com

December 12, 2018 — Southwest states eye drought plans ahead of expected Lake Mead shortages — Colorado River water users will meet in Las Vegas this week as states lay out plans to combat expected shortages at Lake Mead amid a nearly 20-year drought. The Bureau of Reclamation in August predicted a 57 percent chance of a shortage at Lake Mead by 2020, up from 52 percent earlier this year. The combined capacity of Lake Powell and Lake Mead was lower than it’s ever been in the 19 years of drought along the river, according to the bureau — Las Vegas Sun

December 11, 2018 — Metropolitan Water District approves Colorado River shortage plan — The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California on Tuesday approved a plan for sharing Colorado River delivery cuts if a shortage is declared on the drought-depleted river. The vote by the district, which imports water to the Southland, represents another step in a years-long attempt to forge a shortage agreement among the seven states that depend on the Colorado for drinking and irrigation supplies — LA Times

December 02, 2018 — Las Vegas water planners hedge bets, prepare for worst case scenario: the day the Colorado River stops at the Hoover Dam — On a quiet Wednesday morning below Hoover Dam, a tame Colorado River flows between high canyon walls to Arizona, California and Mexico. Exactly how much water snakes through this part of the river is determined by carefully-planned releases from the country’s largest reservoir, Lake Mead, which flows through the dam for downriver farmers, cities and tribes —thenevadaindependent.com

November 28, 2018 — Bobby Kennedy Jr., Tick Segerblom ride to rescue the Colorado River —The lawmaker who led the effort to legalize weed in Nevada has a new challenge that may prove more daunting – saving the Colorado River. To do so, Clark County commissioner-elect Tick Segerblom will have to confront two behemoths – wasteful water users (both corporate and personal) and climate change — nevadacurrent.com

November 27, 2018 — Dry And Getting Drier: Southwestern Water Scarcity The New Norm, Climate Study Says — The effects of climate change are not far off problems for future generations. They are existential problems for everyone alive today. That’s one big takeaway from the U.S. federal government’s latest roundup of climate science, the National Climate Assessment, now in its fourth iteration — kunc.org

November 27, 2018 — Climate report warns of precipitation changes, Colorado River risks and increasingly intense wildfires — Aridity is the defining characteristic of the American West, and scientists reported Friday that the region is becoming even more arid due to human-caused climate change, putting states like Nevada at greater risk of water shortages, extreme wildfire, habitat loss and heat waves — thenevadaindependent.com

November 17, 2018 — Arizona is on the brink of setting off another Colorado River water warOpinion: Arizona loses every time it blunders into a Colorado River war, Bruce Babbitt says. We cannot do that this time with the Drought Contingency Plan — azcentral.com

November 16, 2018 — Everyone Knows The Colorado River’s Top Agreement Is Flawed. Why Not Fix It? — Colorado River water managers have plenty to argue about. But there’s one thing on which nearly everyone who relies on the southwestern river can agree. The foundational document that divvies up the water -- the Colorado River Compact -- has some big flaws. Discussion on how to fix the compact’s problems is where that consensus breaks down, often with the invocation of one word: renegotiation — kunc.org

November 16, 2018 — Major Colorado River water user floats Arizona drought plan — FLAGSTAFF, Ariz: A major Colorado River water user has proposed an interim plan for Arizona as the state faces looming a looming deadline to manage expected shortages. The Central Arizona Project board said its proposal could jumpstart talks after previous ones failed to gain consensus among water users — AP [Related Story — azcentral.com]

November 15, 2018 — Southern Nevada Water Authority board OKs Colorado River drought plan as Arizona, Colorado focus on resolving internal issues — The Southern Nevada Water Authority board approved a seven-state Colorado River drought plan Thursday morning, making Nevada the first state to sign off on the proposal to prevent drastic shortages across the Southwest as the river is strained by drought and overuse. The vote was 6-0. Gov.-elect Steve Sisolak, Clark County Commission chairman and a board member, was absent because he had to leave for another meeting — thenevadaindependent.com

November 08, 2018 — Environmentalists, feds and Utahns agree: Don’t send Green River water to Colorado — If there is one issue that could unite environmentalists, rural Utah counties, power companies and federal agencies, it would be a proposal to funnel 55,000 acre-feet of water from the Beehive State across the Continental Divide to feed a neighboring state’s urban growth — sltrib.com

November 2, 2018 — As shortages loom in the Colorado River basin, Indian Tribes seek to secure their water rights — As the Colorado River Basin becomes drier and shortage conditions loom, one great variable remains: How much of the river’s water belongs to Native American tribes? — watereducation.org

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