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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]

March 18, 2020 — Thomas Mitchell: Rural water grab may be dead in the water — A state judge’s implacable ruling this past week may have finally forestalled attempts by the Clark County water agency to tap groundwater from White Pine, Nye and Lincoln counties. Senior District Judge Robert Estes rejected proposals by the state water engineer to grant groundwater rights to the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA), calling the plan illogical, contrary to state water law, as well as arbitrary and capricious — elkodaily.com

March 10, 2020 — Commissioner calls on water authority 'to look in a different direction' as District Court judge reaffirms decision to deny water for Las Vegas pipeline — A District Court judge has once again scuttled the Southern Nevada Water Authority’s plans to obtain and pump rural groundwater about 300 miles from eastern Nevada, prompting one Clark County commissioner to call on the water authority “to look in a different direction.” Senior District Court Judge Robert Estes, presiding over the 7th Judicial District Court, ruled that the state’s water law does not support the project. The court order, filed on March 9, denied the water authority a portion of the rights for the project, which it said could result in “water mining” — thenevadaindependent.com
[Related Information — GBWN Press Release ]

March 10, 2020 — UPDATED: District court judge deals blow to Las Vegas pipeline plan — Rupert Steele says he’s looking forward to his next trip to Nevada’s rural Spring Valley. That’s because Steele, chairman of the Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation, will be bearing good news for his relatives. He was talking about a recent ruling by District Court Judge Robert Estes that dealt a severe blow to a proposal to pipe groundwater from the Spring Valley and other spots in eastern Nevada to Las Vegas — msn.com

March 03, 2020 — Utah House reaffirms intent to develop Colorado River water — SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s booming population growth and rapid economic development means the need for more water, a higher level of conservation and wise development of water supplies, which are not infinite . . . Utah has not fully developed its full 23% allocation of the river, with much of that unused water flowing downstream to lower basin states — deseret.com

Photo Kyle Roerink - ED GBWN February 22, 2020 — Rising temperatures are taking a worsening toll on the Colorado River, study finds — Scientists have documented how climate change is sapping the Colorado River, and new research shows the river is so sensitive to warming that it could lose about one-fourth of its flow by 2050 as temperatures continue to climb — azcentral.com [More Coverage USA Today]

February 07, 2020— Nevada NewsMakers —the guest is Kyle Roerink, Executive Director, Great Basin Water Network

January 03, 2020 — Is customer-based water conservation a drop in the bucket in Southern Nevada? — Reduced precipitation from climate change and disputes over Colorado River water rights loom over Nevada’s water supply, but the agency that oversees it says officials can manage the uncertainty with a boost from new conservation programs and legislative mandates — thenevadaindependent.com

December 31, 2019 — Nevada NewsMakers — Today's guest is: Kyle Roerink, Executive Director, Great Basin Water Network - GBWN — nevadanewsmakers.com

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   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


2020 Snake Valley Calendar now available
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. Your purchase of this calendar will help support the efforts to preserve and protect the natural resources, wildlife, and economy of the Snake Valley.

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