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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 [6 Pages] 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.

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   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.

September 2014 — Water Wars In Nevada8 minute 26 seconds
Melissa Chan Correspondent, Al Jazeera America

September 18, 2014 — With Close to Average Runoff, Lake Mead Holds Its Own in Late Summer — Lake Mead, the vast reservoir behind iconic Hoover Dam outside Las Vegas, is holding its own in later summer, after plummeting in July past levels not seen since it first filled in the 1930s. The surface elevation of Lake Mead reached the historic low of 1,081.75 feet above sea level during the week of July 7, according to the Bureau of Reclamation. On Aug. 13, the bureau reported the level at 1,080. But as of Wednesday, it had inched back to 1,081.31. — Inewsnetwork.org

September 17, 2014 — Flowing Toward 2050: Utah’s Water Outlook — Utah’s population is projected to grow by 2.5 million people in the next 35 years. The implications of this projected growth are far reaching for state and local agencies and for policy makers. Previous reports in the 2014 population growth series have discussed where growth will occur, who new Utahns will be, and what they will need to continue to have the quality of life that current Utahns enjoy. This report, the third in a four-part series, focuses on the interaction between population growth and future water supply — UtahFoundation.org

September 17, 2014 — Sweeping new California groundwater pumping rules signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown — SACRAMENTO — For centuries, California's groundwater has been freely available to anyone who could siphon the coveted natural resource from the earth. But that changed Tuesday with the stroke of a pen. Seeking to replenish a depleted water table and catch up with the rest of the West, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a package of bills sought by environmentalists that will regulate groundwater pumping for the first time in state history — ContraCostaTimes.com

Photo , Ray Boren September 17, 2014 — Groups appeal decision in Utah nuclear power plant case — SALT LAKE CITY — Environmental groups led by anti-nuclear activists HEAL Utah are challenging a judicial ruling that upheld Utah's decision to allow Green River water to be used in a proposed nuclear power plant . . . “The Colorado River basin is already over-allocated,” said John Weisheit, conservation director of Living Rivers, one of the groups involved in the lawsuit — DeseretNews.com

September 10, 2014 — Dramatic photographs capture the mighty Colorado River kissing the sea for the first time in 50-years off the coast of Mexico after dams were intentionally unleashed — Photographer Pete McBride followed the Colorado River as its original course was restored for the first time in 50 years; In March, Mexico's Morelos Dam unleashed billions of gallons of water allowing the river to flow to the coast; The photographer and an expedition team paddle boarded the rivers old route — By JAMES NYE FOR MAILONLINE and AP

September 08, 2014 — Can even drought end California’s love affair with private swimming pools? — RawStory.com

September 05, 2014 — Calif. Hustle and Flow: Here's Who Really Controls California's Water — The Golden State's historic drought has made these water power brokers more powerful than ever. — By Josh Harkinson - MotherJones.com

August 30, 2014 — Commission adopts fracking regulations for Nevada —ELKO, NEV. A state panel has approved regulations guiding oil and gas exploration companies' use of hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, in Nevada. The Commission on Mineral Resources' unanimous decision Thursday in Elko drew criticism from opponents, who say fracking could lead to water contamination, excessive water consumption and earthquake activity — newsobserver.com

August 29, 2014 — Chance of 'megadrought' in U.S. Southwest now 50%, study concludes— The chance of a "megadrought" gripping the Southwest for more than 30 years has increased to 50%, scientists say, which means bad news for California's already parched landscape. The odds of a 10-year drought afflicting the southwestern U.S. have increased to 80%, according to a new study by Cornell University, the University of Arizona and the U.S. Geological Survey — LA Times [See Map]

August 29, 2014 — Historic California groundwater regulations head to Gov. Jerry Brown — California could soon become the last state in the West to regulate water pulled from beneath the earth, with the Legislature on Friday advancing an unprecedented groundwater-management strategy — SAC Bee.com [More Coverage — AP}

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images August 29, 2014 — [EDITORIAL] Five myths about California’s drought — California is experiencing its third-worst drought in 106 years, resulting in idled cropland and soaring water prices. Since the state produces almost 70 percent of the nation’s top 25 fruit, nut and vegetable crops, California’s pain could soon hit the rest of the country through higher food prices. Will conservation and new water-saving technologies be enough to weather this dry period? Let’s consider five myths about the California drought — Washington.com [Related Story — theepochtimes.com]

Assistant Secretary of the Interior Anne Castle speaks at The Business of Water conference Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, in Las Vegas. Castle spoke about water issues along the Colorado River system. (AP Photo/John Locher) August 29, 2014 — US official airs 'myths' on Colorado River waterLAS VEGAS — A top federal water administrator said Friday that several myths stand in the way of broad agreements needed to deal with increasing demand for water in the drought–stricken and over–allocated Colorado River basin.

Assistant Secretary of the Interior Anne Castle told the "Business of Water" conference in Las Vegas that there's no one-step way to avoid the possibility of cuts in water deliveries in the next few years to states including Arizona and Nevada.

With the crucial Lake Mead reservoir at 38 percent capacity and the Southwest in the grip of the driest 15-year period in more than a century, Castle said it will take multiple, incremental agreements to balance the water rights of cities, farmers, Indian tribes and states — Gazette.com

August 27, 2014 — [EDITORIAL] Our Voice: Groundwater use is the public's business — Pumping groundwater in California is the public's business. This has never been more clear as now, when the state is grappling with extreme drought — DesertSun.com

August 25, 2014 — 7 GIFs That Will Convince You Just How Scary the Drought in the West Is — From a popular skiing spot to the largest man-made reservoir in North America, these before-and-after photos show why we need to save water] — Most Americans might not feel the thirst just yet, but if the current rate of water consumption continues, they soon will. So here are seven before-and-after GIFs that reveal just how bad the drought has gotten — Takepart.com Photos: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
  Lake Folsom, July 20, 2011, to Aug. 19, 2014

August 25, 2014 — [PRESS RELEASE] Highly Imperiled Utah Fish Denied Endangered Species Act Protection Least Chub Is Fifth Species in Month Denied Protection by Federal Agency's Rocky Mountain Region — SALT LAKE CITY— In a reversal of a 2010 finding that it deserved federal protection, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today decided Utah’s highly imperiled least chub does not warrant Endangered Species Act protection. It’s the fifth such reversal by the agency’s Rocky Mountain Region in less than a month, including the American wolverine, two rare Colorado plants and Montana grayling. Regional administrators haven’t protected a species in more than three years and overall has only protected five species in 14 years, including just three of the 229 protected by the Obama administration so far — Center For Biological Diversity

August 25, 2014 — Utah’s least chub no longer considered for protection — An updated conservation plan for the least chub — and the reconsideration of a proposal to take key groundwater from southwestern Utah — have led federal officials to reverse a decision to include the fish on the Endangered Species List. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Monday that it removed the least chub, found only in Utah in six populations, from the Candidate Species List — sltrib.com

August 22, 2014 — Westinghouse to build Utah nuclear plant — A firm seeking to bring nuclear power to Utah has reached an agreement with Westinghouse Electric Co. to design and build a 1,500-megawatt plant in Emery County. . . Two years ago, the state engineer agreed to let Kane and San Juan counties lease 53,000 acre-feet of water a year to operate the reactor. That’s an amount capable of serving a city of up 200,000 homes . . . sltrib.com

(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) August 2014 — Dramatic Photos of Lake Mead At All-Time Low — Weather.com

August 2014 — Las Vegas Growth — 1984 to 2012, Google’s 20 Year Timelapse viewer

August 21, 2014 — NBC NIGHTLY NEWS Fourteen years of drought has left Lake Mead at its lowest level since the Hoover Dam was built in the 1930s.

August 21, 2014 — Ban on filling swimming pools hits communities in parched California The California dream of owning a house with a sparkling swimming pool is drying up for would-be swimmers in communities across the state as some local water districts have banned homeowners from filling empty pools in drought-stricken — Reuters

August 21, 2014 — California's wells are going dry now, too — Marketplace.org

PHOTOGRAPH BY PETER ESSICK, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC August 21, 2014 — GPS is Tracking West’s Vanishing Water, Scientists Surprised to Learn —Throughout the western United States, a network of Global Positioning System (GPS) stations has been monitoring tiny movements in the Earth's crust, collecting data that can warn of developing earthquakes. To their surprise, researchers have discovered that the GPS network has also been recording an entirely different phenomenon: the massive drying of the landscape caused by the drought that has intensified over much of the region since last year. — NatinalGeographic.com

CREDIT: SHUTTERSTOCK August 20, 2014 — California Has Given Out Rights To Five Times More Water Than It Actually Has — According to a new study, the water rights given out by California amount to five times the amount of surface water the state’s ecosystem can actually provide. The analysis, published Tuesday in the journal Environmental Research Letters, found that water rights issued since 1914 add up to 370 million acre-feet of water annually, while the surface water that actually flows through the state adds up to just 70 million acre-feet in a good year for precipitation — ThinkProgress.org

All 2014 News Stories

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