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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]

June 29, 2018 — A water district wants a golf course to pay more. The golf course goes to court. In the middle of the dispute: Lake Mead — traddling the border with Utah on a strip of arid land about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas, golf courses dot the Virgin Valley and its largest town — Mesquite. The golf courses are made possible by the fact that the valley, despite dry desert conditions, can tap into the Virgin River — thenevadaindependent.com

June 25, 2018 — Colorado River Water Managers Can Imagine The Future And It Doesn’t Look Pretty — Fear can be a powerful motivator. The mention of one plausible future scenario along the Colorado River is enough to make some water managers in the West break into a sweat — kunc.org 4:31

June 22, 2018 — Suit filed after water official blocks Coyote Springs construction — Nevada’s top water regulator is blocking construction of the master-planned community at Coyote Springs because he says there isn’t enough water to support the project — reviewjournal.com

June 21, 2018 — Utahns need to be paying much more for water — deseretnews.com

June 20, 2018 — Arizona Reboots Drought Talks While Rest Of Colorado River Basin Watches — Water leaders in Arizona are again trying to get to “yes” on a deal that deals with drought. This would help prepare the state for future cuts to its water supply if – and likely, when – Lake Mead drops below specific levels. A renewed effort to achieve an agreement comes after a year of anxiety and gridlock over the future of the Colorado River — kjzz.org

June 18, 2018 — Colorado River reservoirs expected to be less than half full by Sept. 30 — GREELEY, Colo. – Reservoirs along the Colorado River are projected to be less than half full by summer’s end, potentially marking a historic low mark for the river system that supplies water to seven U.S. states and Mexico. Forecasters with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation expect the river’s reservoirs – Lakes Mead and Powell among them – to be at a combined 48 percent of capacity by the end of September. That would be one of the lowest points ever for the combined water storage — cronkitenews.azpbs.org

June 16, 2018 — Agency says it can supply water if Las Vegas footprint expands — The Southern Nevada Water Authority says it has more than enough water to supply new homes and businesses that could be built one day on thousands of acres of federal land just outside the Las Vegas Valley. The challenge will be getting the water there and making sure it is used — and reused — as efficiently as possible, said water authority chief John Entsminger — reviewjournal.com

June 15, 2018 — My Turn: Lake Powell Pipeline: Unaffordable, unreliable, unnecessary — The recent presentation in Kanab by Paul Van Dam, retired Utah Attorney General, and Lisa Rutherford demonstrated that the proposed Lake Powell Pipeline is unaffordable, unreliable, and unnecessary. If it is built, this multibillion dollar water project would serve Washington and Kane Counties, what is now only 5% of the population of Utah — thespectrum.com

June 08, 2018 — Indigenous people stepping up their opposition to ‘water grab’ — Indigenous people are gearing up to fight the next round in a long battle against Southern Nevada’s thirst for other people’s water. Members of several tribes, including the Navajo and the Southern Shoshoni, met in Las Vegas this week to discuss how to step up their opposition to the massive groundwater pumping and piping project that the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) has spent nearly three decades trying to develop — nevadacurrent.com

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