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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]

April 19, 2018 — Arizona agency’s actions over Lake Mead ignite water fight — A top official from the Southern Nevada Water Authority is calling on states that rely on the Colorado River to resolve their differences before a growing dispute derails decades of cooperation on the river — Las Vegas Review Journal [More coverage — tucson.com

April 17, 2018 — Desalination in Las Vegas? Faraway Ocean Could Aid Future Water Needs — SIN CITY HAS never been a place that thinks small. So it should come as no surprise that Las Vegas – about 300 miles from the Pacific Ocean – is pondering seawater desalination to meet its long-term water demand — newsdeeply.com

April 17, 2018 — 10 questions about the 11 proposals to save the Salton Sea — Less than fifteen miles from where Beyonce took the stage at the Coachella Music Festival, the Salton Sea is in crisis. As evaporation causes the sea's shoreline to recede, more of the toxic chemical matter previously embedded in the water is being exposed and swept up into the atmosphere by desert winds — desertsun.com

April 16, 2018 — Toilet to Tap' Water Surprisingly Good, Study Finds — /wvxu.org

April 15, 2018 — A look inside new pump station under construction at Lake Mead — Las Vegas Review Journal

April 10, 2018 —Southern California water agency backs 2 Delta tunnels in breakthrough vote — After a decade of planning and debate, the controversial Delta tunnels project got a huge cash infusion Tuesday and took a giant step toward becoming reality. In a historic decision, the wealthy Metropolitan Water District of Southern California voted to take a majority stake in the $16.7 billion twin-tunnels project, a plan championed by Gov. Jerry Brown as a way of protecting the water supply for more than 25 million Southern California and Bay Area residents — sacbee.com

April 04, 2018Colorado River’s retreat begins in the Rocky Mountains [4:04] — azcentral.com

April 04, 2018 — After dry winter, Colorado River forecasters look for 6th-driest runoff year— Colorado River forecasters say the Southwest should brace for the sixth-driest runoff season into Lake Powell since the government erected Glen Canyon Dam there 55 years ago — azcentral.com

March 29, 2018 — Lake Mead Shortage Averted - For Now — The drought has not been friendly to Lake Mead. Dry winters in the Rockies have reduced snow melts into the Colorado River, which impacts the level of Lake Mead. Still – federal water managers say we’ve managed to skirt an official shortage declaration for a while longer. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation says the lake remains about two feet above the emergency “trigger” line. So how much longer can the lake sustain without forcing southern Nevada and Arizona to take major cuts to their allotment of river water? — knpr.org  10:41

March 21, 2018 — Little-Known California Lawsuit Complicates Drought Plan for Lake Mead States that share Colorado River water are negotiating a Drought Contingency Plan, but a recent lawsuit in California’s Imperial Irrigation District, a main player in the talks, is making things harder — newsdeeply.com

March 19, 2018 — As Weather Warms, What's The State Of Our River? — . . . the Bureau of Reclamation, the federal agency in charge of Hoover Dam, says if nothing else changes and if states don't conserve even more water, then that shortage level is very much a reality in 2019. When that shortage level is hit, which the lake is just 13 feet from right now, the Department of the Interior will take over the distribution of the water and Arizona will be the first state to be required to cut back — knpr.org
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March 19, 2018 — Worsening dry spell won’t tip Lake Mead into shortage – yet — An already dry winter for the Colorado River has gotten worse in recent weeks, but it won’t be enough to send Lake Mead to a record low — at least not right away. Despite worsening conditions in the mountains that feed the Colorado, forecasters still expect the reservoir east of Las Vegas to contain just enough water by the end of the year to avoid a first-ever federal shortage declaration — Las Vegas Review Journal

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