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2018 Program Update and Funding Request [Donate Here]

Dear Friends of the Great Basin — 2018 has been a year of firsts.

Abby Johnson is GBWN's Board President

    For the first time in the 29 year of the Water Grab fight, the Nevada State Engineer denied Southern Nevada Water Authority's applications for groundwater in Spring, Cave, Dry Lake, and Delamar Valleys! BUT - he also approved SNWA's monitoring, management, and mitigation plans to drain the valleys. Our ACE attorneys Simeon Herskovits and Iris Thornton filed the White Pine County/GBWN appeal in September to overturn the 3M plans, while SNWA sued to undo the denial of water rights, and the State Engineer appealed his own decision.

Our first film, Great Basin Water Is Life, debuted this spring in Las Vegas, Reno and online. More than 18,000 people have watched and learned about the Water Grab from the people affected. The film showcases the beauty and fragility of Water Grab territory and the stark reality that there isn't extra water for SNWA's 300-mile, $15.5 BILLION folly impacting eastern Nevada and Utah's West Desert. The film has already snagged its first award: it was chosen for the 2019 Wild and Scenic Film Festival in Grass Valley/Nevada City, CA in January, and will be part of a nationwide pool of films for local and regional film festivals.

Kyle Roerink is GBWN's new first-ever Executive Director.

In June, the GBWN board approved a plan to hire our first full-time paid executive director. The organization has run on volunteer mega-power for 13 years. I've been President and coordinator since 2012. It's time for me to do less, and for GBWN to make the big leap to paid staff in addition to our attorneys and technical experts. I'm pleased to announce that Kyle Roerink has been hired full time beginning December 1! Kyle is a Reno-based communications specialist and former Las Vegas Sun reporter who's eager to join the sustainable water fight.

We must seize the momentum and protect our progress. GBWN has to stay strong as we transition out of our "founding" years - after all, the threats remain consistent and constant.

To those ends, we depend on contributions of all sizes to sustain our legal work and outreach - and now our staff! Please consider a tax-deductible donation to GBWN to help us fend off the water grab. Thank you for your new or continuing support now and in the New Year.


Abby Johnson, President P.S. With legislative sessions looming and a new Governor and State Engineer in Nevada, there's never a dull water grab moment. And congrats to our outgoing communications specialist Howard Watts, who was just elected to the Nevada Assembly!

Great Basin Water Network is an IRS approved tax exempt 501 (c) (3) organization. Donations may be deductible. Please contact your financial advisor. This statement is required by the State of Nevada. [Print this letter — PDF]

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