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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]

January 20, 2019 — COMMENTARY: Gov. Steve Sisolak has an opportunity on state water policy — The 2018 election cycle was unlike any other for water politics in Nevada. The top candidates for governor wisely denounced the Southern Nevada Water Authority’s plan to build a 300-mile, $15.5 billion pipeline to siphon 58 billion gallons of water annually from the heart of the Great Basin in rural eastern Nevada to Las Vegas. The announcements — from Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak and his opponent, Republican Adam Laxalt — signified a watershed moment in Nevada politics — By Kyle Roerink, Executive Director, Great Basin Water Network — Las Vegas Review Journal

January 20, 2019 — Lake Powell could become a ‘dead pool’ as climate change, political wars and unabated growth drain its waters — Ever since the Colorado River began filling Utah’s Glen Canyon and its countless side canyons in 1963, conservationists have been calling for emptying the lake that now supports a recreation economy and power generation. Climate change, unbridled development and Western water politics are conspiring to gradually grant this wish — sltrib.com

Lake Mead / Image via Shutterstock January 14, 2019 — Things Are Getting Crazy on the Colorado River — The Colorado River may not look like it, but it’s one of the world’s largest banks. The river is not only the source of much of the American West’s economic productivity – San Diego, Phoenix and Denver would hardly exist without it – but its water is now the central commodity in a complex accounting system used by major farmers and entire states — voiceofsandiego.org

January 11, 2019 — Nevada’s state engineer retires, leaving court battles to successor — For a guy with a vague job title, State Engineer Jason King has been involved in some pretty important decisions for Nevada. During his eight years as the state’s top water regulator, he banned new residential wells in Pahrump, blocked water development for the long-stalled Coyote Springs master-planned community and twice ruled on controversial plans to pipe groundwater to Las Vegas from eastern Nevada — Las Vegas Review Journal

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

December 20, 2018 — Former Titus Aide Hired To Fight Las Vegas Water Pipeline Plan — The Great Basin Water Network has hired a former aide to Rep. Dina Titus to help lead its fight against Las Vegas’ efforts to tap rural Nevada groundwater. The Reno-based environmental group recently named Kyle Roerink as its executive director, and he becomes the organization’s first paid staffer. Roerink said he plans to spend 2019 making the public and lawmakers aware of the dollar and environmental costs of the Southern Nevada Water Authority’s planned pipeline from eastern Nevada to Las Vegas — knpr.org [11.27]

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 — State engineer reverses Pahrump domestic well restrictions after court order, but Supreme Court likely to have the final say — thenevadaindependent.com

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

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